Florida Senate - 2015 SB 1326 By Senator Brandes 22-00812B-15 20151326__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to transportation network companies; 3 amending s. 316.003, F.S.; defining terms; creating s. 4 316.680, F.S.; providing transportation network 5 company (TNC) and TNC driver insurance requirements; 6 creating s. 316.682, F.S.; providing TNC driver 7 requirements; creating s. 316.684, F.S.; prohibiting a 8 TNC from owning, controlling, operating, or managing 9 the vehicles used by TNC drivers; providing that a 10 TNC’s insurer shall require, at a minimum, any motor 11 vehicle that a TNC driver will use to meet certain 12 safety and emissions requirements; requiring a TNC 13 driver to exclusively accept rides booked through the 14 TNC’s digital network or software application service; 15 prohibiting a TNC driver from soliciting or accepting 16 street hails; providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Subsections (94), (95), and (96) are added to 21 section 316.003, Florida Statutes, to read: 22 316.003 Definitions.—The following words and phrases, when 23 used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively 24 ascribed to them in this section, except where the context 25 otherwise requires: 26 (94) TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY OR TNC.—An entity 27 licensed pursuant to this chapter and operating in this state 28 which uses a digital network or software application service to 29 connect passengers to TNC services provided by TNC drivers. The 30 term does not include a taxicab association or a for-hire 31 passenger vehicle owner. 32 (95) TNC DRIVER.—An individual who operates a motor vehicle 33 that he or she owns, leases, or is otherwise authorized to drive 34 to provide TNC services. The term does not include the driver of 35 a taxi, jitney, limousine, or any other for-hire passenger 36 vehicle subject to regulation under s. 125.01 or any other law. 37 (96) TNC SERVICES.—Transportation of a passenger between 38 points chosen by the passenger and prearranged with a TNC driver 39 through the use of a TNC digital network or software 40 application. TNC services begin when a TNC driver accepts a 41 request for transportation received through the TNC’s digital 42 network or software application service, continue while the TNC 43 driver transports the passenger in the TNC driver’s vehicle, and 44 end when the passenger exits the TNC driver’s vehicle. The term 45 does not include services provided by a taxi, a for-hire 46 passenger vehicle, or a street hail service. 47 Section 2. Section 316.680, Florida Statutes, is created to 48 read: 49 316.680 TNC and TNC driver insurance requirements.— 50 (1) On or before October 1, 2015, and thereafter, TNCs and 51 TNC drivers shall comply with the automobile liability insurance 52 requirements of this section. 53 (2) The following automobile liability insurance 54 requirements apply during the time a TNC driver is operating a 55 vehicle but has not accepted a request for transportation 56 received through a TNC’s digital network or software 57 application: 58 (a) Automobile liability insurance that meets at least the 59 minimum coverage requirements under s. 324.021(7)(a), (b), and 60 (c). Automobile liability insurance in the amount required in 61 this paragraph shall be maintained by a TNC, which shall provide 62 coverage in the event a participating TNC driver’s own 63 automobile liability insurance policy excludes coverage 64 according to its policy terms or does not provide at least the 65 minimum coverage required in this paragraph. 66 (b) Automobile liability insurance that provides the 67 minimum coverage required under s. 627.736. 68 (3) The following automobile liability insurance is 69 required while a TNC driver is providing TNC services: 70 (a) Primary automobile liability insurance that recognizes 71 the TNC driver’s provision of TNC services and covers the TNC 72 driver when providing TNC services. 73 (b) Automobile liability insurance that provides at least 74 $1 million in coverage for death, personal injury, and property 75 damage. 76 (c) Automobile liability insurance that provides the 77 minimum coverage required under s. 627.736. 78 (4) The insurance coverage requirements of subsection (3) 79 may be satisfied by any of the following: 80 (a) Automobile liability insurance maintained by the TNC 81 driver; 82 (b) Automobile liability insurance maintained by the TNC; 83 or 84 (c) Any combination of liability insurance specified in 85 paragraphs (a) and (b). 86 Section 3. Section 316.682, Florida Statutes, is created to 87 read: 88 316.682 TNC driver requirements.— 89 (1) Before allowing an individual to act as a TNC driver on 90 its digital platform, a TNC shall: 91 (a) Require the individual to submit an application to the 92 TNC which includes his or her full name, address, age, driver 93 license number and type, driving history, motor vehicle 94 registration, automobile liability insurance, and other 95 information required by the TNC; 96 (b) Conduct, or have a third party conduct, a local and 97 national criminal background check for each applicant which must 98 include: 99 1. The Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records 100 Locator or another similar, validated commercial nationwide 101 database as its primary search source; 102 2. A National Sex Offender Registry database search; and 103 3. A driving history research report for such individual. 104 (2) A TNC may not allow an individual to be listed as a TNC 105 driver on its digital platform who: 106 (a) Has had more than three moving violations in the prior 107 3-year period, or one major violation in the prior 3-year 108 period, including, but not limited to, attempting to evade the 109 police, reckless driving, or driving with a suspended or revoked 110 license; 111 (b) Has been convicted within the past 7 years of driving 112 under the influence of drugs or alcohol, use of a motor vehicle 113 to commit a felony, or any crime involving fraud, a sexual 114 offense, property damage, theft, an act of violence, or an act 115 of terror; 116 (c) Is listed in the National Sex Offender Registry 117 database; 118 (d) Does not possess a valid driver license; 119 (e) Does not possess proof of registration for the motor 120 vehicle used to provide TNC services; 121 (f) Does not possess proof of automobile liability 122 insurance for the motor vehicle used to provide TNC services; or 123 (g) Is not at least 19 years of age. 124 Section 4. Section 316.684, Florida Statutes, is created to 125 read: 126 316.684 TNC requirements; vehicle safety and emissions; no 127 street hails.— 128 (1) A TNC may not own, control, operate, or manage the 129 vehicles used by TNC drivers. 130 (2) A TNC’s insurer shall require, at a minimum, that any 131 motor vehicle a TNC driver will use to provide TNC services 132 meets the vehicle safety and emissions requirements of chapter 133 316. 134 (3) A TNC driver must only accept rides booked exclusively 135 through a TNC’s digital network or software application service 136 and may not solicit or accept street hails. 137 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.