North Carolina Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina Commuting: What you need to know

The "Share the Ride NC" program, funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and regional transit agencies, encourages employers to promote ridesharing and provides public and private commuting alternatives for employees. For more information, go to http://sharetheridenc.org.
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Carpools, vanpools, and buses. North Carolina law defines “ridesharing” as a nonprofit arrangement involving transportation by a driver that is incidental to another purpose of the driver (such as commuting to work). Ridesharing includes carpools, vanpools, and commuter buses. Ridesharing vehicles are not considered “for-hire passenger carriers,” and therefore are not liable for special licensing, taxes, and insurance obligations those vehicles may have (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 136-44.21et seq).
Public transportation. NCDOT's Division of Public Transportation has information on local commuting options throughout the state at http://www.ncdot.gov.
Trains. NCDOT's Rail Division and North Carolina Amtrak offer discounted NC MultiRider tickets for commuters. To purchase tickets or for more information, go tohttp://www.bytrain.org.
The state legislature has waived certain wage, liability, and tax requirements in order to encourage employer and employee participation in ridesharing alternatives.
Taxes. Ridesharing arrangements are exempt from any city, county, town, or municipal taxes (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 136-44.24). Benefits received by a driver or passenger while in a ridesharing arrangement do not constitute income for purposes of state taxes. No municipal entity may require a business license for a ridesharing arrangement, nor require any additional tax, fee, or vehicle registration.
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