Uber urges N.H. lawmakers to introduce statewide regulations for ride-sharing drivers

Executives for the ride-sharing service provider Uber have urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would establish statewide regulations for such companies’ drivers.

Uber executives push comes in response to wide differences in how drivers are regulated across New Hampshire cities. While Portsmouth regulations require Uber drivers to have insurance and undergo city-approved background checks, competitors in some other cities are not subject to similar regulations.

Drivers of ride-sharing companies in Manchester would also be required to obtain license from the city as well as undergo random drug and alcohol checks.

David Plouffe, a strategist for Uber, told lawmakers in Manchester that differences in regulations in various cities prevent the company’s drivers from doing their jobs.

Urging lawmakers to pass a measure, Plouffe said, “What’s interesting about New Hampshire is because you have so many rides going from city to city, which is another reason why we need a statewide framework, you can’t regulate this separately in Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth and Nashua.”

Plouffe also contested the claims that the recent deadly shooting spree in Michigan proved that Uber drivers aren’t thoroughly vetted. He claimed that each and every driver undergoes a criminal background check, driving records and credit history before being approved.

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