TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES
440.40 440.40 Definitions. In this subchapter:
440.40(1) (1) "Digital network" means any Internet site or online-enabled application, software, or system that permits the prearrangement of transportation network services.
440.40(2) (2) "Licensed company" means a transportation network company that is licensed under s. 440.415.
440.40(3) (3) "Participating driver" means an individual who does all of the following:
440.40(3)(a) (a) Pays a fee to a transportation network company to be connected to a passenger for the purpose of engaging in transportation network services.
440.40(3)(b) (b) Uses a personal vehicle to engage in transportation network services for compensation.
440.40(4) (4) "Passenger" means an individual who uses a transportation network company's digital network to connect to a participating driver for transportation network services, and, unless the context requires otherwise, includes all other persons in that individual's party who accompany that individual in the participating driver's personal vehicle in connection with those transportation network services.
440.40(5) (5) "Personal vehicle" means a motor vehicle that satisfies all of the following conditions:
440.40(5)(a) (a) A participating driver owns, leases, or is otherwise authorized to use the motor vehicle.
440.40(5)(b) (b) The motor vehicle is not a taxicab, limousine, shuttle, or other for-hire vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5.
440.40(6) (6) "Transportation network company" means a business that, for compensation, uses a digital network to connect passengers to participating drivers for the purpose of providing transportation network services to those passengers. "Transportation network company" does not include a taxicab, limousine, shuttle, or other for-hire vehicle service.
440.40(7) (7) "Transportation network services" means transportation provided to a passenger in the participating driver's personal vehicle. A participating driver is considered to be engaged in transportation network services beginning when the participating driver accepts a passenger's request for transportation received through a transportation network company's digital network, continuing while the participating driver transports that passenger in the participating driver's personal vehicle, and ending when that passenger, or the last person in that passenger's party, whichever occurs later, exits the participating driver's personal vehicle. "Transportation network services" does not include transportation in a taxicab, limousine, shuttle, or other for-hire vehicle.
440.40 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.41 440.41 License required.
440.41(1)(1) No person may operate a transportation network company in this state unless the transportation network company is a licensed company.
440.41(2) (2) No person may engage in transportation network services in this state unless the person is a participating driver for a licensed company. A licensed company is not considered to control, direct, or manage a participating driver or that participating driver's personal vehicle used for engaging in transportation network services, except as provided in this subchapter or in a written agreement between the licensed company and the participating driver.
Effective date note NOTE: This section is created eff. 9-1-15 by 2015 Wis. Act 16.
440.41 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.415 440.415 Licensure of transportation network companies.
440.415(1)(1) Initial license. The department shall grant a license to operate a transportation network company in this state to an applicant for licensure if the department determines that all of the following requirements are met:
440.415(1)(a) (a) The applicant submits an application to the department on a form prescribed by the department. The application shall include the applicant's name, address, tax identification number, and any other information required by the department by rule.
440.415(1)(b) (b) The applicant is a transportation network company.
440.415(1)(c) (c) The applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that it satisfies all applicable requirements under ss. 440.42, 440.44, 440.45, and 440.48.
440.415(1)(d) (d) Notwithstanding s. 440.03 (9) (a), the applicant pays an initial licensure fee of $5,000.
440.415(2) (2)Renewal.
440.415(2)(a)(a) The renewal date for a license granted under sub. (1) is specified in s. 440.08 (2) (a) 69m. A renewal application shall be submitted to the department on a form prescribed by the department and shall include any information required by the department by rule.
440.415(2)(b) (b) The renewal application for a licensed company shall include a renewal fee of $5,000 or the renewal fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a), if any, whichever is less.
440.415 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.42 440.42 Agent. Each licensed company shall maintain an agent for service of process in this state.
440.42 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.425 440.425 Fare disclosures. Each licensed company shall do all of the following:
440.425(1) (1) Disclose its fare calculation method on its Internet site.
440.425(2) (2) Inform each prospective passenger or the prospective passenger's authorized representative of all applicable fare rates.
440.425(3) (3) Give each prospective passenger or the prospective passenger's authorized representative the option to receive an estimated fare before the passenger enters a participating driver's personal vehicle for transportation network services.
440.425 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.43 440.43 Identification of participating drivers. Each licensed company shall make available to each prospective passenger or the prospective passenger's authorized representative, on the licensed company's digital network, a photograph of the participating driver and the license plate number of the participating driver's personal vehicle before the passenger enters the participating driver's personal vehicle for transportation network services.
440.43 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.435 440.435 Electronic receipt. Within a reasonable time after transportation network services have been provided, the licensed company facilitating the services shall transmit an electronic receipt for the services to the passenger or the passenger's authorized representative that contains all of the following:
440.435(1) (1) The origin and destination of the trip.
440.435(2) (2) The total time and distance of the trip.
440.435(3) (3) An itemization of the total fare paid, if any.
440.435 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.44 440.44 Zero tolerance for use of drugs or alcohol.
440.44(1) (1) Policy. Each licensed company shall develop, implement, and make available on its Internet site a policy prohibiting any participating driver from using alcohol, or any other intoxicant that may render the participating driver incapable of safely driving, while the participating driver is engaged in transportation network services for the licensed company or is logged on to the licensed company's digital network.
440.44(2) (2)Complaints.
440.44(2)(a)(a) Each licensed company shall develop, implement, and make available on its Internet site, complaint procedures for reports of suspected violations of the policy under sub. (1).
440.44(2)(b) (b) Upon receipt of a complaint concerning a violation of a licensed company's policy under sub. (1), the licensed company shall immediately suspend the participating driver and investigate the complaint. The suspension shall continue until the complaint is resolved.
440.44(2)(c) (c) Each licensed company shall maintain all records of each investigation under par. (b), including the results of that investigation and any action taken based on that investigation, for at least 2 years after the date the complaint was received by the licensed company.
440.44 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.445 440.445 Certain requirements for participating drivers and their personal vehicles.
440.445(1) (1) Application. Before a licensed company allows an individual to be a participating driver for the licensed company, the licensed company shall do all of the following:
440.445(1)(a) (a) Require the individual to submit an application to the licensed company that includes at least all of the following:
440.445(1)(a)1. 1. The individual's name, address, and age.
440.445(1)(a)2. 2. A copy of the individual's driver's license.
440.445(1)(a)3. 3. The individual's driving history.
440.445(1)(a)4. 4. Proof of motor vehicle registration for each personal vehicle the individual will use to engage in transportation network services through the licensed company.
440.445(1)(a)5. 5. A copy of the individual's automobile liability insurance policy for each personal vehicle the individual will use to provide transportation network services through the licensed company.
440.445(1)(b) (b) Conduct, or have a 3rd party conduct, a local and national criminal background check for the individual that includes all of the following:
440.445(1)(b)1. 1. A multistate and multijurisdictional criminal records locator or other similar commercial nationwide database with validation.
440.445(1)(b)2. 2. A national sex offender registry database.
440.445(1)(c) (c) Obtain and review a driving history research report for the individual.
440.445(2) (2)Who may not be a participating driver.
440.445(2)(a)(a) A licensed company may not allow any of the following individuals to be a participating driver for the licensed company:
440.445(2)(a)1. 1. An individual who has had more than 3 moving violations, as defined in s. 343.01 (2) (cg), in the past 3 years, or one conviction in the past 3 years for an offense listed under s. 351.02 (1) (a).
440.445(2)(a)2. 2. An individual who, in the last 7 years, committed an offense that resulted in a suspension, revocation, or other conviction counted under s. 343.307 (1) or was convicted of a sex offense, as defined in s. 301.45 (1d) (b), or of any crime involving fraud, theft, damage to property, violence, acts of terror, or the use of a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.
440.445(2)(a)3. 3. An individual whose information is contained in the sex offender registry under s. 301.45 or on the National Sex Offender Public Website.
440.445(2)(a)4. 4. An individual who does not possess a valid driver's license.
440.445(2)(a)5. 5. An individual who does not possess proof of motor vehicle registration for each personal vehicle the individual intends to use to engage in transportation network services.
440.445(2)(a)6. 6. An individual who does not possess proof of automobile liability insurance for each personal vehicle the individual intends to use to engage in transportation network services.
440.445(2)(a)7. 7. An individual who is not at least 19 years of age.
440.445(2)(b) (b) A participating driver who is convicted of any moving violation or of any felony or misdemeanor anywhere shall immediately notify the licensed company for which the participating driver engages in transportation network services of the conviction.
440.445(3) (3)Vehicle safety and emissions. Each licensed company shall ensure that each motor vehicle a participating driver uses to provide transportation network services for the licensed company is a personal vehicle that satisfies all state vehicle safety and emissions standards for private motor vehicles.
440.445(4) (4)No street hails. A participating driver may not solicit or accept street hails or otherwise provide rides for compensation that are not prearranged through a transportation network company on the company's digital network.
440.445(5) (5)No cash trips.
440.445(5)(a)(a) A participating driver may not solicit or accept any cash payment to engage in transportation network services.
440.445(5)(b) (b) All passenger payments for transportation network services shall be made electronically using the transportation network company's digital network.
440.445 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.45 440.45 Nondiscrimination; accessibility.
440.45(1) (1) Nondiscrimination policy. Each licensed company shall adopt a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of trip origin or destination, race, color, national origin, religious belief or affiliation, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity with respect to passengers and prospective passengers and notify all of its participating drivers of the nondiscrimination policy.
440.45(2) (2) A participating driver may not discriminate against any passenger or prospective passenger on the basis of destination, race, color, national origin, religious belief or affiliation, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
440.45(3) (3) Each participating driver shall permit service animals to accompany passengers in connection with transportation network services.
440.45(4) (4) A licensed company may not impose additional charges for providing transportation network services to persons with disabilities because of those disabilities.
440.45(5) (5) Each licensed company shall provide each prospective passenger an opportunity to indicate whether the passenger requires a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. If a licensed company cannot arrange wheelchair-accessible transportation network services for a prospective passenger who requires wheelchair-accessible services, the licensed company shall refer the prospective passenger to an alternate provider of wheelchair-accessible transportation, if available.
440.45 History History: 2015 a. 16.
440.455 440.455 Records. Each licensed company shall do all of the following:
440.455(1) (1) Maintain passenger trip records for at least one year from the date of each trip.
440.455(2) (2) Maintain all records concerning each participating driver for at least one year after the date on which the participating driver ceases to engage in transportation network services for the licensed company.
440.455 History History: 2015 a. 16.
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2013-14 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2015 Wis. Act 54 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before July 7, 2015. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 7, 2015 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-7-15)