July 20, 2017

Uber, Lyft driver registration grew 14-fold on Peninsula before requirement repealed

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Uber and Lyft drivers no longer have to register with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the DMV.

In July 2015, Virginia began requiring such "transportation network company" drivers — people who use their personal vehicles to earn money through smartphone app-based platforms such as Uber and Lyft — to register as part of a larger framework of rules for what was then a new business model.

Legislation passed earlier this year repealed the requirement for Uber and Lyft driver vehicle registration with that law taking effect March 25.

In less than two years, the growth in the number of greater Peninsula area Uber and Lyft drivers in the ride-hailing platforms grew by 14-fold, according to numbers from the DMV. At the time of the legislation, more than 184,000 Uber and Lyft partner vehicles were registered with the DMV, spokeswoman Brandy Brubaker said.

As of March 25, 5,656 vehicles garaged in Newport News, Hampton, York, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City and Gloucester were registered as transportation network company vehicles, Brubaker said. That compares with 402 such vehicles in the same area being registered July 21, 2015, after the requirement started, according to a previous Daily Press story.

Where the vehicles are garaged doesn’t […]

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