Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Passage of AB 143, TNC Legislation
MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement in response to today’s passage of AB 143 by the State Assembly.
"AB 143 undermines the City of Madison’s recently passed Transportation Network Company (TNC) legislation. The bill will leave Wisconsin with the weakest Transportation Network Company regulations among all of states that have passed statewide laws. This legislation not only takes away the ability of local communities to set appropriate regulations, but it sets abysmally low standards that fail to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, lack consumer protections against price gouging, and fail to adequately address the needs of passengers with disabilities.
The bill passed today paves the way for large, multi-national corporations like Uber and Lyft to operate in our communities without meeting the same requirements as our locally owned and operated taxi companies. It is clear that a majority in the Assembly are all too willing to put the interests of the Wal-Mart of the transportation industry ahead of our local small businesses.
I offered amendments to the bill that would have returned the ability to set safety and service standards to our local communities and would have added common sense consumer protections. Unfortunately, these amendments failed, throwing drivers, passengers, and our local communities under the Uber Car.”