MONTGOMERY, AL (WKRG) - Hop on in Alabama, you can now rideshare anywhere in the state.
Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill Thursday morning to officially allow ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, across Alabama. The law was put forward by Ivey, state Representative David Faulkner, state Senator Bobby Singleton, and the Ride for Alabama coalition.
Alabama is the 45th state in the nation to welcome comprehensive ridesharing, allowing companies like Lyft and Uber to operate statewide. The law officially takes effect July 1, 2018.
“Today, we are paving the way for ridesharing throughout all of Alabama, regardless of location or proximity to major metropolitan areas,” Governor Ivey said. “I am proud to have supported this bill throughout the legislative process and commend the hard work of Representative Faulkner and Senator Singleton for sponsoring the bill and Ride for Alabama coalition members for their strong support throughout the legislative process.”
Some counties and muncipalities had considered or enacted laws prohibiting ridesharing. Others had waited on a definitive stance by the Governor's Office in Alabama.
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