EDISON, NJ – Driving for Uber, Lyft or one other on-line experience share service now requires resident drivers to get a allow.
The Township Council unanimously handed an ordinance on Sept. 14 that requires township residents that drive for an internet rideshare service, like the favored Uber or Lyft apps, to get a allow from the Chief of Police.
Rideshare providers use cellphone purposes to “hire” drivers, who principally drive on an element time foundation, to go to a location.
All of the transaction takes place in our on-line world and often no money modifications arms.
Companies like Uber and Lyft recruit common drivers with a legitimate license and their very own automobiles to take the assignments and have aspect-stepped many native laws relating to working as a taxi service.
Because they solely present the platform for the service and don’t negotiate the charges or dispatch drivers, they haven’t been as tightly regulated.
Unlike taxi cabs, that are already regulated by the township, drivers for these on-line rideshare providers weren’t required to register, or maintain a business driver’s license or a allow from the municipality.
The ordinance handed final Wednesday night time now requires residents who drive for these providers to get a allow by means of the police division or face a advantageous of $500 for the primary offense and $1,000 for every subsequent offense, based on the ordinance.
The ordinance says the price of the annual allow is $100.
In order to qualify for the allow, the corporate should even be permitted within the township by offering insurance coverage protection of $1 million for legal responsibility, property injury and uninsured and underinsured motorists and proof that it could do enterprise in New Jersey.
Drivers have to be licensed and carry insurance coverage protection of a minimum of $250,000 per car for legal responsibility, property injury and uninsured and underinsured motorists.
Drivers should additionally carry medical insurance coverage protection of $10,000 per individual, per incident, the ordinance stated.
A sticker displaying that the car and driver are registered with the township have to be positioned on the windshield of the car and the driving force should move a legal background examine, renewable each three years, in line with the ordinance.
There can also be a “zero tolerance” coverage for using alcohol and medicines with drivers having to move a managed harmful substance check earlier than a allow is issued, the ordinance stated.
The automobiles used should additionally cross a security inspection.
If the city denies a allow to a driver, they could attraction the choice to the council with a $175 payment.
Due to the character of those comparatively new providers, the ordinance solely applies to drivers residing inside the township, officers stated.
Drivers passing by means of, or dropping off passengers from different communities aren’t sure to be permitted, officers stated.
Service drivers, nevertheless, might not go to a location and “solicit” driving assignments, which might make such drivers function as different taxis do within the township, officers stated, requiring that they comply with laws for cabs.
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