California Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law new restrictions for drivers of the popular ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
Under the new law, which was authored by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), ridesharing companies cannot hire drivers who are registered sex offenders or who have been convicted of violent felonies. They are also prohibited from hiring drivers who have suffered a DUI conviction within the past seven years. Companies who violate these rules face fines of up to $5,000.
Another related law passed prohibits rideshare drivers from having a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent as if they were commercial drivers rather than 0.08 percent which is the current level for non-commercial drivers.
Another non-DUI related law signed by Governor Brown makes it easier for people to work for ridesharing companies. Under the new law, drivers will be allowed to rent cars to work for ridesharing companies.
It makes sense that those entrusted with driving would-be drunk drivers home are not drunk drivers themselves.