The State of Massachusetts passed transportation legislation that includes a $0.20 per-trip-fee for transportation network companies. The fee will be broken down as follows, $0.10 will go toward local transportation infrastructure, $0.05 will be allocated to the Department of Public Utilities and $0.05 will be administered to the taxi industry. The taxi fee will be in place for five years and the remaining fee of $0.10 to support public infrastructure will be in place for 10 years. TNC’s will be responsible for the fee directly.
In a statement, Uber Boston General Manager Chris Taylor, supported the fee in this statement; “We are grateful for Governor Baker’s support and the legislature’s effort towards creating a framework that embraces an innovative industry that has changed the way the Commonwealth moves.1”
1. A New Tax on Uber Subsidizes the Taxi Industry. Emma Hinchliffe. August 23, 2016. Mashable.
2. Bill H. 4570. The 189th General Court of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Updated August 2017