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.