Legislature drives Uber out of Kansas

Legislature drives Uber out of Kansas

The Kansas Senate and House have voted to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of Senate Bill 117 — the Kansas Transportation Network Companies Services Act. That action has left the Internet-based ride company Uber to pull its operations out of Kansas, and makes Kansas the first state that has ever forced the service to leave.

The bill defines "transportation network companies" (TNCs) and several other terms for people and vehicles who use services such as Uber. It goes on to require KBI background checks on drivers (including fingerprints) and a national background check.

And the largest complaint that Uber has about the bill has been the steep auto insurance requirements for its drivers, that the company has called a "poison pill." Uber provides commercial coverage during the ride, but not on the way to and from picking up a client. The state argues that the drivers need commercial insurance on the way to and from any work.

Uber said in a statement that the law makes it impossible to operate in Kansas, and is immediately shutting down business because of "unbalanced, backward regulations."

You can read Uber's full statement here: http://blog.uber.com/leavingks

You can read the summary of SB 117 here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/summary_sb_1...