The first, to start from October 30, requires ride-share drivers to be accredited and registered, with criminal and driving history checks, and have safety checks done on their cars.
Drivers must be alcohol and drug free. Booking services have to have customer complaint mechanisms and surge pricing will be banned during emergencies.
A second stage of regulation, starting after legislation is passed, will require ride-share drivers to have compulsory third party and property insurance.
This is a step in the right direction for the future of ride-sharing, these rules are on the more reasonable end of realistic legislation. But I remain cautiously optimistic.
My apprehension stems mainly from new forms of licensing more broadly. Ride-sharing drivers in the ACT will now pay $150 per year in license and accreditation fees (plus other costs for various checks).