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AB-2986 Transportation network companies: disclosure of participating driver information.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/07/2018 04:00 AM
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Assembly Bill No. 2986
CHAPTER 286

An act to add Section 5445.1 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.

[ Approved by Governor  September 06, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 06, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2986, Cunningham. Transportation network companies: disclosure of participating driver information.
(1) The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act defines a transportation network company as an organization, whether a corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, or other form, operating in California that provides prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles. Existing law requires a transportation network company, among other things, to conduct, or have a 3rd party conduct, a local and national criminal background check for each participating driver, as specified, and prohibits a transportation network company from contracting with, employing, or retaining a driver if he or she, among other things, is currently registered on the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Web site, has been convicted of any of certain terrorism-related felonies or a violent felony, or, within the previous 7 years, has been convicted of misdemeanor assault or battery, any domestic violence offense, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or any of a specified list of felonies. A violation of the act is a crime.
The bill would additionally require a transportation network company to provide information about the transportation network company driver to the passenger on its online-enabled application or platform at the time that the passenger is matched to that driver, including the transportation network company driver’s first name and a picture of the driver, an image of the make and model of the driver’s vehicle, and the license plate number of the vehicle.
(2) Because a violation of the act is a crime and this bill would expand the scope of the act, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 5445.1 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

5445.1.
 A transportation network company shall provide all of the following information to a passenger on its online-enabled application or platform at the time the passenger is matched with a transportation network company driver:
(a) The transportation network company driver’s first name and a picture of the driver.
(b) An image of the make and model of the transportation network company driver’s vehicle.
(c) The license plate number of the transportation network company driver’s vehicle.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.