An attempt is made here to: describe the range of approaches to regulating and insuring prearranged ride sharing; summarize the arguments that have been put forward on behalf of various approaches; and to determine which approaches are being adopted at the state level where most of the decisions on regulatory practice are made. Four key characteristics are used to classify ride-sharing arrangements and the regulatory status of those arrangements are described. The range of possible regulatory approaches are considered, as well as the arguments for and against regulation. A survey of the regulatory and insurance status of car pools, van pools and subscription buses in 12 states, indicates a very mixed situation. A sensitivity to the interests of existing common carriers is noted. The problems presented by regulation under the best conditions, have led to a trend to deregulate van pools. Discount and liability premium for car pools are noted. The van pool insurance situation is very confused. There are several approaches to the van-pool insurance problem. The most promising is to develop a new insurance classification especially for van pools. The relationship between the vehicle owner and rider, and the degree of control the owner-operator and the insurer have over the driver are also discussed. Other approaches discussed here include: self-insurance for large employers programs; and (as in Minnesota) the amendment of the no-fault statute so that van pools will be classified as private automobiles for purposes of insurance.

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM