Ridesharing regulation legislation advances in Illinois House

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SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that creates regulations for drivers who work for ridesharing services in the state is advancing in the Illinois House.

The legislation, sponsored by state Representative Mike Zalewski, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday.  The regulations include a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, modified insurance requirements, and background checks.

In the ridesharing industry, drivers use their own personal vehicles to give rides to passengers.  The taxi industry supported initial efforts for ridesharing regulations, saying that ridesharing companies skirt regulations, even ones that govern safety.

Zalewski says he originally planned to gather support to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto on earlier ridesharing legislation, and that he agreed to work with ridesharing companies while drafting the new legislation.
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