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Car service Uber not yet in Boston regulators’ sights

Uber, which links customers and drivers via a smartphone app, has been available in Boston since 2011. Critics call for more oversight.
Uber, which links customers and drivers via a smartphone app, has been available in Boston since 2011. Critics call for more oversight.Jack Atley/New York Times/File

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As Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the other new occupants at City Hall work on overhauling Boston’s transportation policies, it doesn’t appear they will throw any roadblocks in front of Uber anytime soon.

Available in Boston since 2011, Uber lets passengers hire private drivers via a smartphone app and has grown popular with young professionals in the city. But as it gains more users, Uber has become the target of growing scrutiny nationwide from lawmakers and other officials struggling with how to treat the transportation upstart.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to public safety concerns around unregulated modes of transportation, but we also cannot condemn a popular, effective service like Uber that takes responsible steps to ensure the safety of their users,” said Walsh.

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