State lawmakers are calling on the governor to sign a bill increasing regulations on the industry known as ride-sharing. The legislation waiting for his signature would hold drivers in the new industry to stricter requirements for insurance coverage and background checks, similar to traditional taxis.
State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) claims leaving the companies unregulated would be dangerous. “He is going to help us ensure the drug dealers, the pedophiles, the rapists and murderers that are driving these private cars for hire around the state of Illinois do not put the people of Illinois in harm’s way,” Sandoval said.
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Sandoval admitted he couldn’t name any specific examples of drivers with that kind of criminal history.
Ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar allow customers to hail rides with their phones from drivers who are often using their personal cars. The only area of the state where those services are available, so far, is Chicago.