Mass. Lyft Suspensions

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

–Number of Lyft drivers that have failed the state's background check. Please include all segregable data, including why they failed the background check. Please include if they were previously driving for Lyft before failing the state's background check. Please limit my request to Jan. 2008 to the date this request is processed.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Vanessa Nason

From: Massachusetts State Police

Ms. Vennesa Nason
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 50246
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Public Records Requests

Dear Ms. Nason:

The Department of State Police ("Department") received two (2) public records request seeking records pertaining to background investigations of Uber and Lyft drivers. You submitted these requests pursuant to G.L. c. 66, §10, the Massachusetts Public Records law. Please be advised that the Department does not conduct background investigations of Uber or Lyft drivers. You should direct your inquiry to the Department of Public Utilities which oversees these investigations. See 220 CMR 274.00 et seq.
If you wish to challenge any aspect of this response, you may appeal to the Supervisor of Public Records following the procedure set forth in 950 C.M.R. 32.08, a copy of which is available at You may also file a civil action in accordance with M.G.L. c. 66, § 10A.


Sean W. Farrell
Deputy Chief Legal Counsel
Massachusetts State Police
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel:(508) 820-2153


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