CPUC Proposes New Category to Include Lyft

Today, we’re happy to share that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced a proposed decision that supports the continued legal operation of Lyft throughout the state of California. With the guidelines outlined in the proposed decision, the CPUC has set a new standard for safety in transportation while supporting innovation that makes cities safer, more affordable and better connected. 

Just over a year ago, we set out to build a new form of transportation with safety measures that went above and beyond what any black car, taxi or casual carpool service had previously done. Lyft’s safety measures include: 

  • $1 million per-occurrence liability insurance
  • Criminal background and DMV record checks on all community drivers
  • In-person screening & vehicle inspection
  • Zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy
  • 5-star rating system for community drivers and passengers

This progress would have never been possible without the ongoing support of the Lyft community. Your voices have been heard, and while we have come a long way, there is still work to do. Over the next month, we will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed decision. With your help, we can ensure that California continues to set a precedent and lead the way in transportation safety and innovation.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this process. Your participation in this movement proves the true power of community, and we look forward to continuing the journey together.


John Zimmer and Logan Green
Co-Founders, Lyft

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