Bryant signs bill to oversee ride-hailing services statewide

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. Passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport will be allowed to leave in an UberX car starting Thursday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi will regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services on a statewide basis.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1381 Monday, which puts the state Insurance Department in charge of overseeing the services. Cities have traditionally regulated taxi services in Mississippi.

The law requires each company to pay a $5,000 yearly license fee.

It requires the driver or the company to have insurance covering the transportation of passengers. While carrying passengers, the driver would have to be insured for up to $1 million.

The measure also requires that companies conduct criminal background checks on drivers, and that it display a driver’s picture and license plate number online before a passenger is picked up.

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