Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill overhauling ride-hailing rules

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that overhauls rules for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft and removes regulatory roadblocks to the new and growing services.

The legislation lays out a new regulatory scheme for ride-hailing firms and traditional taxi companies and sets minimum insurance rules. It also requires vehicle inspections, driver background checks, and sets a zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use by drivers.

The so-called Uber-bill was one of the more contentious of last year's session and was ultimately vetoed by then-Gov. Jan Brewer.

Lengthy negotiations between insurers, ride-hailing and taxi firms in the 2015 legislative session led to a deal.

The Senate and House overwhelmingly approved House Bill 2135 in the final weeks of the session that ended last week.

Ducey signed the bill Thursday.

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