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H 4049 - Establishes Regulations for Ride-Sharing Companies - Massachusetts Key Vote

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Title: Establishes Regulations for Ride-Sharing Companies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes regulations for ride-sharing companies.

Highlights:

  • Prohibits transportation network service drivers from accepting payment directly from a rider (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits cars that are older than 10 years old from being used for ride-share services (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits transportation networks and drivers from raising their base fares during emergencies (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits requiring additional charges for for individuals with a disability or service dog (Sec. 4).

  • Requires rides to be prearranged through a digital network and prohibits obtaining customers through street hails, cruising, or solicitation (Sec. 4).

  • Requires drivers to certify that the following requirements are met (Sec. 4):

    • Is at least 21 years old;

    • Has vehicle that complies with all requirements;

    • Is not on the National Sex Offender Registry;

    • Has not been convicted in the past 7 years for any sex offense or violent crime;

    • Has not been assigned to an alcohol or drug education, treatment, or rehabilitation program;

    • Has not been convicted of a hit and run, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended or revoked license, felony robbery, or felony fraud; and

    • Has no more than 3 traffic violations in the preceding 3 years.

  • Authorizes suspension or revocation of a driver’s certificate if they are arrested for a crime or receive a driving citation that would render them unsuitable to provide transportation network services (Sec. 4).

  • Requires the Growth Capital Corporation to participate in projects each year to provide financial assistance to taxicab companies that meet the definition of a small business (Sec. 3).

Title: Establishes Regulations for Ride-Sharing Companies

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