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Manchester, Portsmouth Move Forward With Regulations To Cover Uber Drivers

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An aldermanic committee in Manchester has signed off on a ride-sharing ordinance that would cover companies like Uber.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the administration committee voted 3-2 last night in favor of the policy.

Under the proposal, Uber’s third-party drivers would have to register with the clerk’s office and undergo state criminal background checks and drug testing.

The ordinance still needs the support of the full board and will go through several stages of review.

Officials in several New Hampshire cities have been working to craft new regulations to ensure the safety of riders using third-party driving services.

In Portsmouth, a public hearing will be held later this month for an ordinance that would require Uber’s drivers to have commercial insurance and go through background checks and vehicle inspections.

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