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Nov 11, 2015 3:37 PM

Portsmouth officials want to remove criminal background check requirement for ride-hailing companies

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth city officials say they will ask the city council to support a change to an ordinance that would remove a criminal background check requirement for ride-hailing companies.

Assistant Mayor Jim Splainewants the city attorney to draft an amendment to the transportation services ordinance, which has been in effect since September.

He'll ask the council on Monday to back that idea.

An attorney representing Uber wants to remove a provision that forbids people from driving for taxi or ride-hailing services if they've been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last seven years or a felony in the past 15 years involving controlled substances or violence.

Uber officials have said third-party background check companies cannot make determinations beyond seven years based on state law.

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