Uber, taxis set to collide over rules


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.

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File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)