Online car sharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar could soon face state regulations. The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a vote in San Francisco today on whether the budding ride sharing industry should face the same kinds of oversight as traditional taxi companies. Under the proposed rules, drivers would have to undergo training and criminal background checks and companies would have to carry insurance that is equal to what is required of cab drivers, and implement a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol.
The relatively new businesses have been trying to make it easy for people to share their property and earn some money. However, they've been facing opposition from taxicab and limousine companies who complain they're undercutting their business without being subject to regulations.