A Path Forward For Uber In Hawaii
Over the past few months, we have seen an outpouring of support from riders and drivers all over Hawaii. As the State Legislature debates the future of regulations for ridesharing in the state of Hawaii, the stakes are high. We welcome regulations to our new industry, but it is important legislators get them right. We’d like to thank everyone who let their legislators know how they feel about Uber in Hawaii!
We thought we’d take a minute to explain exactly what’s at stake. The State Legislature is currently considering a bill that would ignore the precedent of other states with reasonable ridesharing regulations. States like Illinois have passed legislation that allows uberX to operate while covering every trip with an end-to-end $1 million insurance policy. Unfortunately, the bill being considered by the Hawaii State Legislature, SB 1280 SD2, would end ridesharing here in Hawaii.
Every uberX trip in Hawaii is covered by $1 million in commercial liability insurance which is four to five times the amount provided by the average taxi.
However, special interests say this isn’t enough. You may want to know how the safety of uberX measures up to other transportation alternatives — here’s a quick look:
As you can see, uberX already goes the extra mile by providing a safe and affordable ride. We welcome regulation of ridesharing, but we do need our elected officials to welcome new business models to accommodate a better future.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
While we work closely with legislators to find a way forward for ridesharing, it’s important that they know what Uber means to you. There will be a number of opportunities to save uberX — If you’re interested in getting updates on our fight to save uberX, fill out this quick form. We’re working hard to pave the way for the future of ridesharing in Hawaii. We hope you’ll join on us that road!
— Team Uber Hawaii
Last updated March 11, 2016
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