Uber and Lyft drivers will have to buy special insurance under legislation passed Thursday by the Florida Senate and poised for a vote Friday by the House.
Lawmakers in both chambers want to create a new kind of auto insurance, which will provide up to $1 million in coverage. The bills’ similarities in the bills stop there.
The Senate proposal (SB 1298) by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, which passed by a 28-12 vote Thursday, simply requires drivers for ridesharing companies to have insurance. While there are passengers in the car, that insurance will hit $1 million in coverage. It also requires insurance for properties listed on short-term home rental companies like Airbnb.
In the House, proposed legislation (HB 817) has a much wider reach.
The bill by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, on which the House is expected to vote Friday, would ban local governments from regulating or taxing companies like Uber and Lyft.
On Thursday, Gaetz also attached language to a larger economic development package (HB 7067) that will stop local governments from collecting transportation impact fees on new development if they regulate ridesharing companies.