State Senate to pass new rules for ride-sharing services

BOSTON (WHDH) - The State Senate will be passing some new rules when it comes to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

A number of changes involve safety issues, including requiring criminal background checks for drivers, but not requiring that drivers are fingerprinted.

In addition, drivers will have to carry insurance policies covering at least $1 million.

Another change is that drivers will be allowed to pick up passengers at Logan Airport.

Lawmakers also eliminated a proposal to require an option to tip drivers, and ride-sharing companies have to pay a 10 cent fee per ride. The fee money will go to the city where the ride started.

The Senate and the House are expected to hammer out differences between their two bills.

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