Massachusetts Lawmakers Negotiating Ridesharing Bill Compromise

July 20, 2016

Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators are set to begin hammering out a final version of a bill aimed at regulating ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

A six-member conference committee was scheduled to begin negotiations this week.

The bills would require that drivers undergo criminal background checks and carry insurance policies of at least $1 million.

The Senate version of the bill would let drivers pick up passengers at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The House version bans the practice to appease a struggling taxi industry.

The Senate bill would also create a trust fund paid for by an assessment on ride-hailing companies of not more than 10 cents per ride. The money would be distributed to municipalities based on the proportion of rides originating in a city or town.

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