The New Hampshire House is giving initial approval to a bill that would regulate drivers of Uber and other ridesharing services in the state.
Some taxi companies complain the service is not subject to the same strict regulations, and cities such as Manchester and Portsmouth have been grappling with how to regulate Uber and other similar companies.
The House-passed bill would require ridesharing companies to obtain a permit from the Department of Safety at an annual cost of $500. It requires companies to provide receipts for all trips and says that the driver or the company must have motor vehicle insurance.
The bill also prohibits people from offering ridesharing services if they have been convicted of driving under the influence, used a motor vehicle to commit a felony, are on the national sex offender registry or does not have a driver’s license, among other things.
The proposal still needs to pass the New Hampshire Senate.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is praising the bill, saying it will “help ensure that Uber and other ridesharing services have a permanent home here in New Hampshire.”