Boston targets Uber, Lyft

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The city of Boston is looking to levy new fees against ride-hailing companies. In a bill before state legislature are provisions to introduce a passenger charge of 6.25% of the total fare for single-occupancy trips, and 3% of the fare for shared journeys.

Also in the legislative pipeline is a ride-hailing firm charge of $0.20 per mile for all miles travelled with no passengers during peak times.

If the bill becomes law, the new fees would lead to a $1.24 charge on a $20 single occupancy ride.

The city says its objective is to influence rider behaviour to promote shared trips and reduce single-occupancy ones.

Uber states that the move would punish those citizens without cars, while Lyft argues that upping the cost of ride-hailing could lead to more people driving on the cities roads.

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