State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) said that his bill, which would also have beefed up background checks on ride-sharing drivers and increased enforcement of ride-sharing rules, would protect drivers and consumers from predatory pricing and potential harm. He predicted tragedies would occur without more rules.
“The blood is going to be on our hands,” Hueso said.
His argument didn’t sway his colleagues. Multiple members of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing said lawmakers should loosen regulations on the taxi industry rather than increase them on ride-sharing companies.
“We need to help the taxis out rather than doubling down on an increasingly broken strategy,” said Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), who was one of four Democrats to abstain from voting on the bill.