Uber, taxis set to collide over rules
The Boston Herald Reports:
The taxi industry and Uber and Lyft will face off again this week, this time in front of a State House committee that will help decide how to regulate the ride-for-hire companies.
“I expect an intense discussion on both sides of the argument about the future of this industry and where it is and where it’s headed,” said state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), who is the co-chair of the Financial Services Committee.
On Tuesday, Uber and Lyft riders and drivers, and representatives of the taxi industry are expected to pack the Gardner Auditorium at the State House, a venue chosen specifically to accommodate a large crowd.
At issue are several bills seeking to regulate the industry. One bill, filed by Gov. Charlie Baker and backed by Uber and Lyft, would authorize the Department of Public Utilities to regulate ride-hailing companies, including requiring background checks of drivers and insurance.