MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (WIAT) – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday that statewide ridesharing legislation is in effect beginning July 1, 2018.
Statewide ridesharing received approval from both the Alabama Senate and House and, on March 1, 2018 was signed into law by Governor Ivey. This allows companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate regardless of location to the major metropolitan areas.
“Alabamians in all areas of our state now have the option to enjoy the many benefits of ridesharing, including opportunities for those looking to make extra income; increased economic activity for local businesses, cities and towns; and the expansion of safe, affordable transportation options,” Governor Ivey said. “I was pleased to have a part in bringing this much-needed service statewide and look forward to watching these platforms grow in the years to come.”
Before, companies were allowed to operate only in select cities in Alabama. Suburban and rural areas will now have access to different transportation methods, and more residents will have the opportunity to earn additional income through these expanded opportunities.
“This is a great day for individuals around the state of Alabama — for drivers and passengers — as they can now experience the various benefits of ridesharing, including having access to responsible and reliable transportation statewide,” Jake Darby, general manager for Lyft, said. “Governor Ivey played an instrumental role in bringing this law to fruition, as did our regulator the Alabama Public Service Commission, and we are excited that a new chapter officially begins today.”
Republican David Faulkner and Senator Bobby Singleton championed the effort to pass the bipartisan ridesharing bill, which passed unanimously (28-0) in the Senate and 97-3 in the House. The bill was signed on Gov. Ivey’s desk within 11 days of introduction in the Legislature. With assistance from the Alabama Public Service Commission and staff, the bill is going into effect within just months of being signed.
Alabama becomes the 45th state to welcome comprehensive ridesharing. Governor Ivey encourages all Alabamians to take advantage of ridesharing during their summer festivities and throughout the year.