Dec 29, 2015 2:57 PM

NH group to offer donation-based New Year's Eve rides in Portsmouth

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Some ride-hailing drivers are set to offer donation-based rides on New Year's Eve in Portsmouth.

The rides are meant to promote a new ride-hailing venture called Arcade.City. The group tells the Portsmouth Herald that the service will exploit loopholes in the city's transportation ordinance. The public is invited to schedule rides in advance using a website. The group hopes riders will tip their drivers since no per-mile fee would be charged.

Portsmouth Acting Deputy Police Chief Frank Warchol says the drivers would have to offer completely free rides in order to not fall under the ordinance and that the group could not accept donations.

The group hopes to have City Council remove the transportation ordinance altogether.

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