A mobile phone app shows drivers waiting for riders near the Capitol as the House debated regulating Uber and Lyft. Connecticut acted belatedly Thursday to impose standards on Uber and Lyft, the market-disrupting, ride-sharing companies that arrived here three years ago, ignoring a regulatory structure devised for taxicabs — not an app-driven matchmaking service for drivers willing to pick up passengers in their personal cars.
After false starts, intense lobbying and, ultimately, a compromise, the House of Representatives voted 103 to 39 to approve and send to the Senate a bill that defines Uber and Lyft in state law as “transportation network companies” and sets standards for driver background checks, motor vehicle safety and insurance coverage.
If passed by the Senate, Connecticut will be one of the last states to figure out this piece of the new economy.
Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, the co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, had a simple introduction to a complex bill: To anyone who feels the new standards are insufficient, they are the first attempt to keep up with a technology and business model not addressed in any current regulatory framework.
Uber was first to establish a beachhead in Connecticut, following the same swashbuckling business […]