Taxi drivers support WI senate bill that would regulate Uber and Lyft

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Multiple taxicab associations throughout Wisconsin joined two Wisconsin state senators today to voice their support of regulating transportation network companies.

Senators Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) introduced Senate Bills a181 and 182. The bills make changes to several laws governing transportation network companies and their drivers in Wisconsin.

If passed, the law would require rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to establish complaint procedures, display driver's license copies, and conduct a police criminal background check including a fingerprint check on all drivers.

Wisconsin taxi owners expressed their frustration with rideshare companies competing with taxis for business while not having to adhere to the stringent safety rules that taxicabs must follow.

The taxi owners pointed out that under current law, patrons may not know if their Uber or Lyft driver is a convicted sex offender.