Ride for Hire Task Force (MASSDOT)

The Task Force was established by the Massachusetts legislature to provide guidance on the various ride-for-hire industries. The Task Force convened first in June of 2017 and issued a report of its findings in February 2018.

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The Ride-for-Hire Task Force was established by Chapter 187, Section 7 of the Laws of 2016, An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies. The stated mission of the Task Force was “to review the current laws, regulations and local ordinances governing licensed hackneys, taxis, livery and transportation network companies in the commonwealth and to make recommendations concerning public safety, consumer protection and the economic fairness and equity of the regulatory structure governing the ride for hire industry.” The legislation also included a list of 16 specific topics for the Task Force to review.

The Ride for Hire Task Force included a representative of each of the three ride-for-hire industries - liveries, taxis, and transportation network companies (TNCs) – as well as members of the State legislature, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the Division of Insurance (DOI), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Disability Law Center (DLC), the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA).

Additional assistance was provided by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massachusetts Division of Banks, MassDevelopment, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

The final report provides an introduction to the Ride for Hire industries in Massachusetts, as well as an update on the statewide implementation of Chapter 187 of the Laws of 2016, which addresses TNC services.

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