New Tennessee ride-sharing law hailed as model for nation

In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, photo, a woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

NASHVILLE -- A top official at the ride-sharing service Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, say Tennessee's new law that allows the car-booking company, as well as other firms like Uber, to operate statewide can serve as a model to other states.

"We think this bill actually represents the model legislation for state legislatures regarding the ride-sharing or transportation networks across the nation," said Joseph Okpaku, director of public policy for Lyft.

photo State Sen. Bo Watson is interviewed by editors during a meeting at the Times Free Press.

The bill, which Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law on May 20, incorporated a compromise that the majority of the insurance industry and the ride-sharing industry were able to strike back in March, Okpaku said.