Senate matches House on Uber insurance coverage


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Senate rolled out a bill Monday that matches the House in addressing insurance coverage for drivers of app-based transportation services such as Uber and Lyft.

The bill deals with what is known as a "gap" period from the time when a driver is notified about having a customer to pick up and the actual pickup.

Under the proposal filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, drivers for rideshare services would be required during the gap period to have coverage worth $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for death and bodily injury per incident and $25,000 for property damage.

When a passenger is in the vehicle, the Senate and House measures both propose a minimum of $1 million in coverage for death and bodily injury.

However, the newly filed Senate proposal (SB 1118) doesn't match other aspects of a more far-reaching House bill (HB 509) about the transportation services.

The most-controversial part of the House bill would preempt city and county regulation of the services.

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, has said the state should respect different regulations that have been established and are being set by cities and counties across the state.