SB 991 - This act creates a regulatory scheme for transportation network companies ("TNC"). The act requires that TNC's obtain a permit from the Missouri Department of Revenue and pay an annual $5000 permit fee. The act also requires disclosure of fare calculation methods, transmission of electronic receipts, and providing identifying information to a rider for a TNC driver and vehicle prior to a rider entering the vehicle.
The act includes minimum insurance requirements for TNC drivers while logged into a TNC's digital network and engaging in a prearranged ride. Such coverage can be maintained by the TNC, the TNC driver, or a combination of the two. TNC drivers are required to carry physical or digital proof of insurance at all times and disclose to interested parties that he or she was logged on to a TNC's digital network or engaged in a prearranged ride in the case of an accident. Insurers that write automobile insurance policies may exclude coverage afforded under a policy for any loss or injury that occurs while a driver is logged onto a TNC's digital network and a TNC shall disclose to the driver such possible exclusions and insurance coverage available through the TNC in writing.
This act also regulates the relationship between the TNC and TNC drivers. TNC drivers are categorized as independent contractors so long as a list of conditions are met. Additionally, a TNC shall implement a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of drugs or alcohol while a TNC driver is providing prearranged rides or logged into a TNC's digital network. A TNC must also screen potential drivers by conducting a local and national background check, including a National Sex Offender Registry check, and obtaining and reviewing a driver's driving history research report. TNCs shall not permit an individual to act as a driver for the TNC under certain circumstances listed in the act.
The act also prohibits TNC drivers from soliciting or accepting street hails and soliciting or accepting cash payments from riders. The TNC is required to adopt a policy of nondiscrimination with respect to riders and potential riders and shall not impose additional charges for providing services to persons with physical disabilities because of those disabilities and shall notify drivers of such policies. No municipalities or other local or state entities shall impose a tax on or require a license for a TNC, a TNC driver, or a vehicle used by a TNC driver where such tax or license relates to providing prearranged rides.
This act is similar to HB 2233 (2016), HB 2330 (2016), and SB 947 (2016).