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Jun 25, 2016 10:10 AM

New law will require criminal background checks for ride-hailing companies

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A new state law requiring criminal background checks on drivers of ride-hailing companies took effect this week with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's signature.

The law also requires ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide commercial insurance and have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug and alcohol use by their drivers.

NHPR reports that the new law does away with the patchwork of ride-hailing regulations that cities like Manchester and Portsmouth had previously enacted.

Most of the provisions in the so-called Uber bill mirror existing practices of Uber, which strongly supported the legislation.

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