ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the D.C. City Council’s passage of a ridesharing legalization bill on Tuesday:
"The D.C. Council's unanimous decision is a great step forward and a true confirmation of the value of innovative technologies like Lyft and Uber. We appreciate the Council's efforts in ensuring consumers continue to have access to safe and reliable transportation options, and look forward to the bill becoming law later this month."
The Transportation Network Services Innovation Act of 2014, first introduced in April by Council members Mary Cheh and David Grosso, requires ridesharing drivers to be covered by an insurance policy of at least $1 million whenever their apps are switched on. The bill also requires the ridesharing companies to conduct criminal background checks on their affiliated drivers and to clearly mark cars as ridesharing vehicles.
CEA’s Innovation Movement spearheaded two successful grassroots advocacy campaigns this year to stand up for ridesharing in states of Virginia and Illinois. To learn more about the campaign and how to join us, click here.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social.
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