Boston lawmakers seek to regulate Uber, Lyft
By State House News Service | July 21, 2015, 8:30 EDT
Written by Michael Norton
Lawmakers from Dorchester and Brighton are behind a new bill requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to be fingerprinted and comply with other insurance and license plate requirements.
According to the spokesperson for a national initiative that has raised concerns about regulation of Uber and Lyft services, the bill offered by Rep. Michael Moran of Brighton and Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester is based on a May 2015 peer-reviewed study by two City University of New York professors called “One Standard for All.”
In addition to calling for drivers to be fingerprinted, the bill also requires Uber and Lyft vehicles to feature livery license plates and carry primary commercial auto insurance coverage with a minimum of $1 million in bodily injury coverage.
Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation (H 3359) laying out an oversight scheme for transportation network companies. His bill is awaiting a public hearing before the Financial Services Committee.
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