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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Recent Tennessee Legislation Affecting Transportation Network Companies Like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Wingz, and Summon, Etc.

The Tennessee General Assembly recently enacted legislation that deals with what is now called a transportation network company ("TNC"). A TNC is a company like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Wingz, and Summon.  TNCs have become increasingly popular of late and their popularity shows no signs of waning. As a result, this legislation seemed necessary. The cite to it is as follows: Act of Apr. 22, 2015, ch. 520, 2015 Tenn. Pub. Acts 648 (enacting the Transportation Network Company Services Act, codified at T.C.A. §§ 55-12-141, 56-7-1118 & 65-15-301 to -311), available at (last visited Aug. 20, 2015).

This legislation deals with, among other things, priority-of-coverage and amount-of-coverage issues. If you are a lawyer who has an auto tort case in Tennessee involving a TNC driver, this is must-read legislation.