The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission says it is implementing new requirements for transportation network companies, which use a digital network to connect riders to drivers for prearranged rides.

TNCs (such as Uber and Lyft) will now have to check the criminal and driving records of its drivers, among other requirements.

The new requirements are mandated by the Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act, which establishes safety and insurance requirements for TNCs while allowing for continued advances in the transportation industry.

Among the requirements of the Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act, TNCs must do the following:

Conduct a criminal background check and a driving record check for each driver prior to allowing the driver to provide rides;

Ensure that a driver’s vehicle meets all of the state’s motor vehicle inspection requirements and that passengers and drivers are protected by minimum insurance requirements;

Provide riders with the option to receive an estimated fare prior to a trip, as well as information applicable rates and the method by which a fare is calculated;

And provide drivers with a marker to affix to their vehicle that identifies them as TNC drivers.

Under the Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act, TNCs are required to obtain a permit to operate in New Jersey from the MVC’s Business Licensing Services Bureau.

If riders want to file complaints about TNC rides, they can do so by contacting the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6200 or askconsumeraffairs@dca.state.nj.us.

More information about obtaining a TNC permit is available online at www.state.nj.us/mvc/business/tnc.htm.