By Bob Katzen
A bill that’s before the Joint Committee on Financial Services on Beacon Hill would require the state to conduct fingerprint checks of the state and national criminal history databases for applicants looking to drive for Uber and Lyft.
Sponsor Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) said while there are current laws that go a long way toward fairly regulating these services, there is more the state can do to protect the public safety.
“Massachusetts residents should be able to utilize these services with the knowledge that lawmakers have done everything possible to ensure their safety,” said Gregoire. “It is our job to ensure that the playing field is level for all ride for hire services and this bill is an attempt to further that goal.”