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Uber Asks Portsmouth To Change Transportation Ordinance

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An Uber official has sent a letter to Portsmouth's City Council asking it to make changes to a new transportation services ordinance.

The ordinance calls for ride-sharing companies like Uber or taxi drivers that operate in Portsmouth to have commercial personal injury and property damage liability insurance coverage and prove to the police department that each driver has had a background check.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Uber general manager William Guernier said in a letter Friday that the company is concerned that city officials may not be interpreting the ordinance as it was intended by the council.

Guernier says the background check provision creates an "unnecessary barrier" to local residents becoming rideshare partners.

City Attorney Robert Sullivan couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

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