Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 706A (NRS 706A) is Nevada’s law governing transportation network companies. Transportation network companies are ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 706A places requirements on both the driver and the transportation network company.
According to NRS 706A.010, the purpose of the law is to ensure the safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of transportation services in the state. Here’s what you should know about the law from our experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.160 – Qualifications of Nevada Ride-Share Drivers
Nevada law 706A.160 lists the requirements for becoming an Uber or Lyft driver in Nevada. The qualifications of a driver to drive for a ride-share company include the following:
- Submitting an application. The application must include the driver’s name, address, copy of driver’s license, driving record, description of the motor vehicle, and proof of compliance with state insurance requirements
- Undergo a criminal history and sex offender registry check (reviewed every three years)
- Undergo a driving history check (reviewed every year)
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Submit a current vehicle registration
- Less than three misdemeanor motor vehicle violations in the last three years
- No gross misdemeanor or felony traffic offenses within the previous three years
- No drunk driving within the last seven years
- No acts of terrorism, violence, sexual offenses, fraud, theft, property damage or use of a motor vehicle in a felony in the last seven years
- Each driver must obtain a state business license within six months of beginning to drive. The business license must be renewed annually
To lawfully permit a driver to accept ride requests, the transportation company must ensure that the above-listed standards are met for each driver. The company must terminate a driver who fails to submit changes to their driving or criminal history or refuses to allow criminal and driving checks.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.170 – Fare Estimate/Rate Disclosure Required; Cash Not Accepted
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.170 requires a transportation network company to disclose their rates and the basis for the fare calculation. They must offer a fare estimation before each trip. In addition, Nevada law 706A.170 says that a ride-share company must accept only electronic payment. They may not solicit or accept cash.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.180 – Ride-Share Vehicle Requirements
The vehicle requirements for ride-shares in Nevada, as stated in Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.180 are:
- At least four doors
- May not carry more than eight people, including the driver
- No tractors, mobile homes, semi-trailers, busses or motorcycles
- The driver must comply with all vehicle maintenance laws
- The transportation network company must inspect or require inspection before accepting a new vehicle and at least once each year
- A vehicle inspection must include the minimum requirements stated in Nevada law 706A.180.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.200 – Photo of Ride-Share Driver
Each transportation networking company must provide a photo of the driver to the passenger before the ride begins. In addition, Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.200 requires the ride-share company to give the passenger the license plate number of the driver.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.210 – Receipt to Ride-Share Passenger
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.210 requires a transportation networking company to provide a receipt to each passenger. The receipt must state the origin and destination of the trip. It must state the time traveled, the distance traveled, and it must give an itemization of the fare charged.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.250 – Ride-Share Passenger Information Confidentiality
The law requires each Nevada ride-share company to keep passenger information private. The ride-share company may not disclose passenger information unless required by law or to investigate a violation of rules. However, Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.250 allows the ride-share company to disclose passenger information if the passenger consents to the release of the information.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.280 – Drivers May Not Take a Longer Route Than Necessary
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.280 requires ride-share drivers to take the shortest route for each trip. A passenger may request a longer or different route. A driver may refuse a passenger if they have a reasonable fear for their personal safety.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.290 – Ride-Share Drivers and Drunk Driving
Under Nevada law 706A.290, a driver may not drink alcohol while driving for a transportation networking company. In addition, a driver may not be under the influence of alcohol or be under the influence of a controlled substance during any period when they’re logged into the software and able to accept a ride. Each company must give passengers a way to report possible intoxicated drivers.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.300 – Ride-Share Law Violations
Under Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.300, a violation of a Nevada ride-share law may result in a fine to the ride-share company of up to $100,000. In addition, the State of Nevada may also insist that a company ban a driver from participating in their services. When determining the amount of a fine, the state may consider the size of the company and good faith efforts to remedy the violation.
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.190 – Anti-Discrimination in Ride-Share Services
Nevada Revised Statutes 706A.190 prohibits a ride-share company from discriminating against any passenger on the basis of national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. In addition, they may not charge a higher fare because of a disability. Drivers should be prepared to provide reasonable accommodations for passengers with disabilities, including accommodating service animals.
What Is a Nevada TNC Permit?
A Nevada TNC permit is a permit to act as a Nevada Transportation Network Company. A transportation company like Uber or Lyft must have a TNC permit to do business in the State of Nevada. People who drive for the company need an individual business license rather than a TNC permit. With a TNC permit, a Transportation Network Company is authorized to use software to connect drivers and passengers to provide transportation within the State of Nevada.
How Much Is a Nevada Business License for Uber?
A Nevada business license for Uber is $200. Each individual driver must have a business license and pay the $200. The State of Nevada treats each driver as their own, individual business owner. As a business owner, they must have a license to lawfully drive passengers. The current amount of the business license for an Uber driver is $200.
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