SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For a third time, Springfield City Councilors postponed a vote to regulate Uber and Lyft drivers like taxi drivers, but 22News found out that’s because there could soon be a statewide mandate.
The City of Springfield proposed regulations that would require ride sharing companies to have their cars inspected by the City, and pay a $6,000 insurance fee, like taxi or limo companies.
However, City Councilor Justin Hurst told 22News the legislature could set state-wide regulations by July 30th. “We will defer to the state and let them regulate Uber and other vehicles as they see fit, and then we’ll in turn model our local ordinance after them. We’d rather have it that way than create something, and have it be in conflict with state law.
If the state doesn’t vote, the City will take their proposal up again.