Governor Baker Signs Bill to Regulate Ride Sharing

The bill regulates the state's app-based ride hailing services

Governor Charlie Baker signs legislation that regulates the state's app-based ride hailing services on Friday afternoon.

After Baker signed the bill, Massport will begin to negotiate with ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Massport's goal is to be in operation 90 days after Baker signs the legislation.

Uber released a statement praising the new legislation.

They said, "we are grateful for Governor Baker's support and the legislature's effort towards creating a framework that embraces an innovative industry that has changed the way the Commonwealth moves. We look forward to working with the Administration to implement the law to ensure it increases transportation options and economic growth."

Lawmakers approved the legislation Sunday night.

The bill mandates driver background checks that would be conducted by the companies and the state, but does not require drivers to be fingerprinted.

Drivers will also be able to pick up customers at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as well as Logan Airport which was previously not allowed.

In addition, the bill will charge the companies a 20-cent-per-ride fee that will be split among cities, towns, the state Department of Transportation, and a fund for taxi and livery businesses.

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