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Lagana: Ensuring Road Safety for Drivers and Passengers

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen) had the following published Tuesday in The Record of Hackensack:

“Businesses such as Uber and Lyft use apps to connect passengers with drivers paid to give rides in their personal cars. These transportation network companies, or TNCs, have apps with features such as tracking driver location and online payment, allowing them to provide services in a convenient way.

“I admire the modernization TNCs are bringing to transportation and salute their innovative spirit, but those benefits don’t excuse these companies from an obligation to conduct business safely.”

“That’s why I’ve sponsored bipartisan legislation — based on input from all stakeholders — to protect consumers, drivers and third parties by requiring driver background checks and establishing insurance standards. Currently, there is no state law requiring that TNC drivers have commercial insurance. While some companies may carry a commercial line, it’s imperative that this requirement be codified…”

To read the rest of Assemblyman Lagana’s op-ed, please click here.