Tuesday, March 1, 2016

West Virginia close to letting Uber offer rides

(AP) — West Virginia is close to letting Uber offer rides in the state.

The Uber bill passed the Senate by a 34-0 margin Tuesday. It previously cleared the House, and needs at least one more House vote before heading to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The proposal would apply to Uber, Lyft and similar companies.

It would require companies to have a nondiscrimination policy and comply with nondiscrimination laws.

The bill would require a Division of Motor Vehicles permit, car insurance, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy, and driver background checks.

Tomblin introduced a similar bill.

An Uber push in the GOP-led Legislature died last year. Among other issues, some House delegates opposed a provision to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender riders from discrimination.