Should the state regulate Uber drivers?

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.

Ridesharing Legislation

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.