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Uber drivers in blue, taxi drivers in yellow, and Lyft drivers in pink packed into the Gardner Auditorium to hear four bill proposals on ride-hailing companies. (Courtesy of Gintautas Dumcius)
Uber drivers in blue, taxi drivers in yellow, and Lyft drivers in pink packed into the Gardner Auditorium to hear four bill proposals on ride-hailing companies. (Courtesy of Gintautas Dumcius)
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There's an ongoing battle for the streets, it's between ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft and traditional taxicabs.

Tuesday morning, the clash took place on Beacon Hill, with a sea of brightly colored shirts filling Gardner Auditorium. Taxi drivers wore yellow and Uber drivers wore blue, they were packed into a room room where legislators were discussing four proposals to regulate Uber and Lyft.

The bills propose greater governance of the ride-hailing companies, including comprehensive background checks for drivers and more liability insurance.

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Steve Brown, WBUR reporter covering statehouse politics. He tweets @WBURSteve.

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WBUR: Bills To Regulate Uber And Lyft: Here's What You Need To Know

  • "One of the bills being considered was filed by the Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and has Uber’s support. Another bill was written by Rep. Michael Moran and Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, two Democrats, and has the support of the taxi industry."

This segment aired on September 16, 2015.

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