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Mass. Senate to Debate Ride-Hailing Regulation Bill

The legislation to be debated Wednesday would require drivers to undergo criminal background checks and carry insurance policies of at least $1 million

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    A bill to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft is up for consideration in the Massachusetts Senate.

    The legislation to be debated Wednesday would require drivers to undergo criminal background checks and carry insurance policies of at least $1 million.

    Unlike a House bill, the Senate version would not ban drivers from picking up passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport, a provision intended to appease a struggling taxi industry.

    The Senate bill would also create a trust fund paid for by an assessment on transportation network 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.

    The bill would also require riders be able to tip drivers through a company's app.


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