by Loren G. Edelstein | April 21, 2016

A deal struck earlier this week could end months of strife between city officials in Newark, N.J., taxi companies and Uber. Under the terms of the deal, Uber will pay the city $10 million to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport for the next 10 years. 

The company also has agreed to provide $1.5 million in liability coverage for all drivers in its network, conduct background checks of each driver, and to establish and enforce a zero-tolerance drug- and alcohol-abuse policy.

In February, city officials reinstated a previous ban against Uber drivers at the airport and Newark Penn Station, and police were ticketing and towing drivers who attempted to serve those transit hubs.

The tentative deal, signed on April 16, is being reviewed by the city and Uber lawyers. An Uber-friendly bill similar to the Newark proposal also is being discussed by state assembly staffers and is likely to be introduced in May or June, according to Click here for more details.