SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The CarSharing Association (CSA) would like to make a distinction between the “transportation network companies” now regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and classic, round-trip carsharing services that have been legally and safely operating in California for more than ten years. In classic carsharing, member-drivers have access to vehicles owned, insured and maintained by a carsharing organization, stored in a publicly-accessible “home spot” when not in use, and available to be reserved and driven by a member-driver of the carsharing organization. A transportation network company (TNC) uses a different model. TNCs provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application (app) or platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles. The California Public Utilities Commission has imposed regulations on TNCs to ensure that public safety is not compromised by the operation of this new business model. Included in the regulations are provisions for criminal record checks for drivers, driver training, zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol, and stringent insurance requirements. In classic carsharing, users are the drivers. The carsharing organization provides collision damage insurance and liability insurance to protect the user against claims in the event of an accident.
The public needs clear and uniform language to describing emerging forms of shared vehicle mobility. A discussion on these issues will take place at the CSA-sponsored Shared Use Mobility Summit held October 10 and 11 in San Francisco. For more information see http://www.sharedusesummit.org
About The CarSharing Association
The CarSharing Association works to maximize the environmental and social impact of the carsharing industry. Member-organizations are committed to providing sustainable, transit-oriented urban mobility for the benefit of the communities that they serve. For more information, visit www.carsharing.org.