TOTAL TRANSIT CEO PRAISES ARIZONA SENATE PASSAGE OF RIDESHARE BILL
HB 2135 MAINTAINS ‘LEVEL PLAYING FIELD’ FOR TAXIS, UBER; KEEPS MARKET OPEN FOR TOTAL TRANSIT’S ‘BETTER RIDE SHARE’ OPTION
PHOENIX, AZ — Total Transit President Mike Pinckard today praised the Arizona State Senate for its approval of HB 2135, especially Senate Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough and Senate President Andy Biggs, who strongly supported maintaining a level playing field between local transportation companies like Total Transit – which operates both a taxi and rideshare service – and companies like Uber and Lyft.
“The Arizona State Senate, especially Majority Leader Yarbrough and President Biggs, took great care to strengthen the level playing field that has always existed in the Arizona transportation marketplace,” said Pinckard. “Embracing innovation while avoiding picking winners and losers is a difficult task for any Legislature, and the Arizona Senate was clearly up to the job.”
Pinckard also again praised the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Karen Fann, along with House Majority Leader David Livingston, for their dedication in reaching a consensus bill in the House.
He noted that HB 2135, as agreed to in the House, preserves Total Transit’s right to operate a rideshare company as it sees fit – without insurance gaps, and by letting its drivers be true independent contractors free to earn revenue in many different ways, not simply through the mobile app. This helps the company recruit new drivers and remain competitive in Arizona’s transportation-for-hire market.
“Not only will consumers know our rideshare protects them fully, but our drivers will continue to have the right to pick up street hails, cash trips and any other passengers needing transportation. We pay more for the extra insurance coverage required because we believe that’s a better way to do rideshare.
“The Senate kept things fair,” Pinckard continued. “All we’ve ever asked is for a true free market. HB 2135 is a step forward in keeping Arizona free to embrace transportation business models of all types, while still protecting drivers, passengers and the public.”