Late Sunday night, the legislature passed a compromise bill to regulate Transportation Networking Companies like Uber and Lyft. Here are some of the major components of the H.4570: An oversight department within the Department of Public Utilities is created, funded by a surcharge on the companies. TNC vehicles are subject to annual inspection, which can […]
CommonWealth Magazine reports on the ride-sharing bill that ultimately passed the Senate. Fingerprint based background checks were left out of the bill however the Department of Public Utilities could implement them under the regulatory authority granted in this legislation if it is determined that this type of check will benefit public safety.
I fully support the Senate’s carefully vetted bill on transportation network companies. It will protect public safety without creating barriers to the expansion of TNCs.
The Senate will soon consider legislation regulating Uber and other ride matching companies. Although I have real sympathy for individuals who have money tied up in taxi medallions, I will not support legislation that will hamper the transition to the superior new model. I welcome feedback on every facet of this industry transition, but I am particularly interested in feedback on the issue of passenger security.
The regulations that exist in different cities and towns across Massachusetts do not contemplate the type of service offered by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. Five bills have been filed in this session relative to TNCs. The bills offer different flavors of regulation within a few primary areas: state oversight, insurance and public safety. Here are brief summaries of them.