State Regulation of Rideshare Companies

Source: Sean Sloan, The Council of State Governments, April 14, 2016

States have been addressing the challenges presented by rideshare companies since 2013.

  • After first declaring them illegal, California became the first state to legalize rideshare services in 2013 when the California Public Utilities Commission voted to pass proposed rules creating a new class of “transportation network companies.”
  • Colorado was the first state to enact legislation authorizing rideshare services in June 2014.
  • By the end of 2015, 28 states and the District of Columbia had enacted rideshare legislation.
  • New Mexico, South Dakota and West Virginia enacted rideshare legislation in the first quarter of 2016. 
  • As of the end of March 2016, another five states were in the process of considering legislation.
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