Mass. Gov. Baker Hopes Disagreements Won’t Scuttle Uber Regs

September 21, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he hopes disagreements over how to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft won’t keep lawmakers from passing a bill soon.

A legislative committee reviewed several proposals — including one filed by Baker — during a sometimes contentious public hearing earlier last week that often appeared to pit Boston cab drivers against Uber drivers.

During his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on WGBH-FM on Sept. 17, Baker said he was concerned that competing points of view could result in no legislation being approved this session.

The governor’s bill would require drivers for ride-hailing services to undergo criminal background checks and carry at least $1 million insurance.

Baker said his proposal would allow cities to impose stronger regulations.

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