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Ridesharing Proceeding

On December 20, 2012, the CPUC opened a proceeding (R.12-12-011) to evaluate the safety of ridesharing businesses that utilize the Internet, social media, and location services to arrange transportation of passengers over public highways for compensation.


The CPUC, which regulates charter-party carriers, opened the proceeding to protect public safety and encourage innovation in the transportation of passengers by companies such as Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber. The CPUC has a responsibility for determining whether and how public safety might be affected by these businesses.


All interested parties are encouraged to participate to ensure that regulation is not a hindrance, but continues to be the safety net that the public can rely on for its protection. The issues that will be examined concern the CPUC’s regulations relating to passenger carriers, ridesharing, and online- enabled transportation services.


The CPUC seeks comment on issues including consumer protection and safety implications of the new methods for arranging transportation services; whether and how the new transportation business models differ from longstanding forms of ridesharing; and the new transportation business models’ potential impact on insurance and transportation access.


Members of the public can comment via email to or mail to CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Hearings and Workshops

  • April 10-11, 2013, CPUC Auditorium: Workshop to begin a discussion of possible regulatory responses to the new online-enabled transportation services (NOETS)

There will not be public comment opportunity at the workshop. If you would like to make your comments known to the CPUC’s Commissioners and Administrative Law Judge in this proceeding, please contact the Public Advisor’s Office.


Last Modified: 3/27/2013

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