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Ill. lawmakers want to regulate rideshare services

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State lawmakers want to regulate a growing transportation industry they say presents a safety threat to Illinois residents.

State Rep. Michael Zalewski and other lawmakers introduced a measure Tuesday to regulate rideshare services.

Rideshare companies like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are a growing industry across the world that connects willing drivers with passengers using a smartphone app. But they aren't regulated by state law.

The Illinois legislation would require the companies to have commercial insurance, chauffer licenses, vehicle safety maintenance and set rates. It also creates guidelines on where rideshare drivers operate.

Supporters call it a "common sense" safety proposal.

Ridesharing companies say they're open to some safety regulations, but argue further regulation attacks innovation. They say the proposal would prevent competition with taxi companies.

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The bill is HB4075.

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