Bill mandates insurance coverage for Uber drivers

Uber and other ride-sharing services would be required to maintain $1 million insurance coverage for all drivers from the moment the driver accepts a ride request to the time the ride ends.

House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, also calls for a minimum $300,000 coverage for bodily injury or death and $50,000 for property damage whenever a driver is logged into the company’s system.

The bill does not address background checks, taxes or licensing of drivers, although separate legislation is expected this year. A House study committee last fall met to consider how or whether to regulate the popular app-based services.

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