Boston Ma Uber Lyft Taxi Hearings
"REGULATE UBER AND LYFT Four bills regulating controversial car sharing services like Uber and Lyft will be the only subject of a hearing by the Financial Services Committee in the Gardner Auditorium at the Statehouse at 11 a.m. on September 15. The companies use a smartphone application to receive ride requests. The proposals include giving the Department of Public Utilities the power to certify and regulate these services; requiring background, driving record and Sex Offender Registry checks and fingerprint samples on all drivers; and requiring that vehicles used by these companies be registered in Massachusetts. Representatives of Uber and Lyft companies will be at the hearing to defend these services. Opponents, led by the taxi industry, are pushing for either a complete ban of the services or subjecting these companies to the same regulations and standards that currently apply to taxis"