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Jun 10, 2015 11:39 AM

Portsmouth officials release new insurance ordinance for ride-hailing services like Uber

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — City officials in Portsmouth are calling for ride-hailing services like Uber to prove they're commercially insured.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine released an amended ordinance this week that would mandate ride-hailing services to have a total of $300,000 personal injury coverage for each accident and have at least $50,000 in property damage insurance.

The ordinance also would require all transportation service providers to certify that they gave each of their drivers a background check. It also eliminates a requirement that all ride-sharing services individually register their drivers.

Ordinance violations could result in fines ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Splaine says he will ask the City Council to hold a public hearing at its July 13 meeting.


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