‘Uber’ insurance bill gets final approval

Legislation that requires ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to carry greater levels of insurance is on its way to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

The House voted 153-14 to give final approval to House Bill 190.

Sponsored by Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee Chairman Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, the bill requires $1 million insurance coverage for all drivers from the moment the driver accepts a ride request to the time the ride ends.

It also requires 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 but not carrying passengers.

The bill is separate from another effort, HB 225, to regulate the ride-share services and require them to pay taxes. That bill is now before the Senate.