Public hearing held on proposed rules for ride-sharing apps

State lawmakers debated proposed rules Thursday for legalizing and regulating ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft in Connecticut, although residents have already been using them.

Ride-sharing company Uber says it is able to track customers for 5 minutes after a ride ends.

Ride-sharing company Uber says it is able to track customers for 5 minutes after a ride ends. (3/2/17)

HARTFORD - State lawmakers debated proposed rules Thursday for legalizing and regulating ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft in Connecticut, although residents have already been using them.

Part of the proposal would require drivers to undergo background checks and carry at least $1 million in insurance coverage. Drivers would have to have a clean record without any traffic tickets in the previous three years. They would have to have gone seven years without more serious offenses like drunken driving.

The proposal would also cap so-called "surge pricing" at 2.5 times the normal rate during a declared emergency, and customers would have to specifically approve the surge before they book a ride. 

Traditional cab companies say it doesn't go far enough to level the playing field for them. Mike Ward, who runs Norwalk Taxis, says Uber and Lyft drivers should have to register their cars as commercial vehicles.

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