NO on HB 3023-A “The Lyft Bill”

Objective: Protect and ensure we have options to address transportation issues at all levels of decision-making. 

Issue: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are increasingly being viewed as a ‘last mile’ connector for transit trips, and offer services which extend beyond the bus or light rail operating hours. The names Uber and Lyft have become synonymous with the concept of a “gig economy” – where workers sign up to work on their own terms. In addition, TNC trips have continued to reshape the transportation landscape, especially impacting transit ridership, traffic congestion, and overall mobility. This rise in trips has produced a 160 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled on city streets. We must be doing more to create multi modal opportunities that are accessible for all and not just for a few. 

HB 3023-A deregulates existing statewide ride for hire programs, replacing these locally managed programs with a dangerously lax system. This deregulation benefits the billion-dollar TNCs like Uber and Lyft, while leaving Oregon’s communities, the companies’ drivers, and the environment negatively impacted.

What's In The Bill: 

  • If passed, it will eliminate and would preempt any local jurisdictions municipalities in the State of Oregon, to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft with regards to driver background and vehicle safety checks, insurance, and more. This is a big concern to public safety!

  • It places the burden of additional insurance (and the determination of how much that insurance policy should be) on drivers. It also allows TNCs to provide just the bare minimum of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

  • It does not guarantee equal access to transportation choices for individuals with disabilities. TNCs don't believe the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to their industry, leaving cities and municipalities to try to fill the gap. Not only would this bill expressly exempt cities and municipalities from having to offer accessible options, but the cap placed on the surcharge is so low it would not allow cities to fund programs that try to fill this gap. TNCs should be required to comply with the ADA, and this disregard for federal law and civil rights is profoundly concerning.

  • It does not prohibit surge pricing in any way and under any circumstances, therefore limiting user protections.

  • It exempts all records from public records laws, including information relating to complaints against a company or driver.

  • It eliminates the ability for cities to know how many drivers are operating in the city and how that is impacting pollution and other environmental justice concerns.

  • It adds a two-cent surcharge on TNC rides in vehicles that are not electric--but only beginning in 2026. This is too little too late. We are in a ecological, economic and international crisis, and we need climate action now, not in 2026

  • The make- up of HB 3023-A undermines meaningful engagement. This bill was created by TNC’s for TNC’s

6/16/2019

Legislators on Ways and Means need to hear from you: NO on HB 3023-A!

House Bill 3023-A, is harmful to workers, it will continue to undermine public transportation and much more. Statewide regulation must be a floor and not a ceiling. HB 3023-A is a bill written by the companies it seeks to regulate, would prevent local jurisdictions from regulating companies like Uber and Lyft. It overrides and undermines regulations already in place in some Oregon cities like Portland. Contact legislators today and tell them to vote NO on HB 3023-A.

The bill most recently moved out of House Revenue Committee mainly out of courtesy. We thank legislators Representative Hernandez and Representative Barbara Smith Warner for being a firm NO vote on the committee.  You can see the recap of the meeting here

Legislators on Ways and Means need to hear from you, click the image (form) below to email legislators saying: preserve local control, NO on HB 3023-A!

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To call legislators, details and short script are below:

Not sure what to say? Here's a quick draft script!
"Hi, my name is [__________] and I'm calling to urge you to please not pass HB 3023-A out of House Revenue committee, which would prohibit our local jurisdictions from establishing stronger standards to protect our safety, our workers and our transportation options. Oregon is facing an unprecedented reduction in multimodal transportation usage and these trends are due to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) deregulation, which only benefits the billion-dollar companies like Uber and Lyft, while leaving Oregon’s communities, the companies’ drivers, and the environment negatively impacted. We need to have the local tools to respond to our communities need. That's why must not pass HB 3023-A. Please stand with our communities and stop HB 3023-A!"

6/5/2019

ACTION ALERT!

Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber want to take away local authority to regulate ride sharing. If the state passes “The Lyft Bill,” (HB3023-A) cities across Oregon will lose the ability to regulate ride shares how our local elected officials see fit. We can’t let Oregon’s local governments lose this authority.

HB 3023-A has a work session tomorrow at 8am in the House Committee on Revenue. 

Can we count on you to send an email to your legislator and connect with the committee members of revenue and let them know you oppose HB 3023-A?

Use the form here to email legislators saying: preserve local control, NO on HB 3023-A!

To call legislators, details and short script are below:

•Representative Nancy Nathanson: 503-986-1413 / Rep.NancyNathanson@oregonlegislature.gov
• Representative Lynn Findley: 503-986-1460 / Rep.LynnFindley@oregonlegislature.gov
• Representative Pam Marsh: 503-986-1405 / rep.pammarsh@oregonlegislature.gov
• Representative Diego Hernandez: 503-986-1447 / Rep.DiegoHernandez@oregonlegislature.gov
•Representative E. Werner Reschke: 503-986-1456/ Rep.EWernerReschke@oregonlegislature.gov
•Representative Greg Smith: 503-986-1457 / rep.gregsmith@oregonlegislature.gov
•Representative Barbara Smith Warner: 503-986-1445/ rep.barbarasmithwarner@oregonlegislature.gov

Not sure what to say? Here's a quick draft script!
"Hi, my name is [__________] and I'm calling to urge you to please not pass HB 3023-A out of House Revenue committee, which would prohibit our local jurisdictions from establishing stronger standards to protect our safety, our workers and our transportation options. Oregon is facing an unprecedented reduction in multimodal transportation usage and these trends are due to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) deregulation, which only benefits the billion-dollar companies like Uber and Lyft, while leaving Oregon’s communities, the companies’ drivers, and the environment negatively impacted. We need to have the local tools to respond to our communities need. That's why must not pass HB 3023-A. Please stand with our communities and stop HB 3023-A!"

6/1/2019

Coalition Opposes HB 3023-A

Stakeholders varying from environmental justice organizations, labor,environment, health advocates, legal, cities jurisdictions, transit agencies and more oppose HB 3023-A. 

Read the one-pager here: NO on HB 3023-A Coalition One-Pager

 

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