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HUNDREDS OF UBER, LYFT DRIVERS SUCCESSFULLY APPEAL LICENSE DENIALS

By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 20, 2017.....Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers who failed state background checks have now successfully appealed their denials, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.

Earlier this month, the Baker administration released the results of the first round of state background checks required for ride-for-hire drivers under a law passed last summer. Of 70,789 drivers who applied through one or more companies, the state denied 8,206 applications.


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