What are TNCs, what does TNC stand for, and are TNCs the right option?
A Transportation Network Company, also known as a "TNC", is a "ride hailing" or "ridesharing" organization that uses a mobile app, enabling people to secure individual and carpooling rides from drivers who use their own vehicles. GPS capability in smartphones identifies the pick-up location and keeps the customer informed in real- time when the car will arrive and it also provides a photo of the driver for identification purposes.
For those in the transportation business, TNCs may be nothing new, however their role in the ever-evolving transportation landscape is becoming more and more prominent. In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission created the transportation network company category to deal with ridesharing services. In 2020, California voted 'NO' to requiring TNC drivers to be licensed, trained, and to operate like taxi drivers. Today, the ever-expanding reach of TNC organizations continues to unfold.
TNCs are emerging as providers in the Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) arena. But given that TNCs have very few restrictions before allowing their drivers to take the wheel, the verdict is out on whether this type of service is good or bad. Here are the facts:
The world of transportation has changed immensely in the last year. Now more than ever, the need for safe and efficient access to health care is paramount. But are TNC's the right option? We hope this quick review helps you make the right choice for your organization.