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RMV_LogoMassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles will hold a public hearing relative to proposed amendments to regulations as they appear at 540 CMR 2.05 (“2.05: Vehicle Registration Requirements”).  The proposed amendments would establish standards for the registration of motor vehicles that participate in entities known as Transportation Network Companies (“TNC”s).

The Hearing will be held as follows:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor, Room 3830 MassDOT Board Room, Boston.

The regulations can be found on the web: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/540CMR2_SOSversion.pdf.   The amendment also establishes minimum qualifications for participating vehicle operators.  The following is a summary of the new provisions:

(i)    The amendments define TNCs as a corporation or entity that, for a fee, arranges for a passenger to be transported from an agreed upon point of departure to an agreed upon destination by its driver.

(ii)   TNCs will be regulated by the Department of Public Utilities (“DPU”) as common carriers and must receive a certificate issued by the DPU in order to conduct business in the Commonwealth.

(iii)  TNC vehicles are considered private passenger motor vehicles and may display passenger plates.

(iv)  TNCs will be required to maintain appropriate liability insurance as required by the DPU.

(v)    TNCs will perform background checks including the National Sex Offender Registry database and will be prohibited from using drivers who have been convicted of serious crimes. 

The public hearing will be held in a Board Room in a secure area of the building; therefore, an acceptable ID will be required for admittance. Interested parties will be given an opportunity to present comments orally or in writing at the Hearing. They may also provide written comments, in advance of the Hearing, by mail or email. Emailed comments may be made to: TNC.Comments@dot.state.ma.us prior to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. A copy of the relevant pages in the current regulations showing the proposed changes can be viewed on the RMV’s website at: www.massrmv.com.

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