Four years ago guest contributor Alan Durning discussed the idea of personal car sharing and the obstacles of bringing the concept to market. Last week, Jennifer Langston at Sightline Daily wrote an update about new legislation in California that breaks down insurance barriers in the U.S. to carsharing:
California has passed the nation's first law aimed at removing barriers to personal car sharing - which will let enterprising car owners rent their idle vehicles out Zipcar-style to other drivers. It's an idea that makes a lot of sense...But without more protections, it made insurance companies nervous.
AB 1871 cracked that nut in a pretty simple way. It guarantees that insurance companies won't be liable in the event of an accident while another driver is using a car. And it assures car owners that their insurer can't drop them or hike their rates up simply because they participate in a personal car-sharing program. And that was enough to win unanimous support in the California Legislature.
Good write-ups appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Fast Company after the bill was signed last week. This press release from bill sponsor Assemblyman Dave Jones outlines some particulars of the legislation.
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How can I make this happen in Wisconsin? I'd love to make my Jetta TDI available to others!
This is great news! Hopefully, other states will follow suit.