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Re: Ridesharing regulations
From: Paul Steinberg, Vice President, Carma (previously Avego Corporation)
Carma operates Real-Time Ridesharing projects funded by the Federal Government in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Austin and Washington DC. Carma is bound by, and compliant with all federal, state and local laws and regulations; Carma has never received a citation or cease and desist letter from any regulator.
Ridesharing occurs when you pickup someone, drive to your destination, and park your vehicle until you go home. If you get compensated more than it costs to operate your vehicle, then you crossed the line to become a for hire driver. – Captain Carpool
Recently, there has been an awful lot of confusion, support, and animosity, toward a previously obscure term called “Ridesharing”. What’s does that term conjure up n your head? Is that the same image you had just 24 months ago? So’ what’s all the ruckus about?
If you drive someone around for more than it costs for you to operate your car… then you’re a taxi driver – Captain Carpool
If you are taking a friend’s child to school, a colleague to work, a neighbor downtown, or even a complete stranger across the Bay Bridge…it is legal ridesharing IF they don’t chip in more than it costs you to drive your vehicle. Cross the Federal definition of “profit”, and you are now a “for hire driver”