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Jun 6, 2017 9:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Uber, Lyft Will Start Operating Statewide On June 29

Jun 6, 2017 2:08 PM

The State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo approved a law this week that will allow ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to begin operating throughout New York on June 29—in time for the busy July 4 weekend.

A bill approved by the State Legislature and signed by the governor on Monday moves up by nearly two weeks the activation date of a law that makes it possible for mobile phone app-based ride services to begin operating.

“It’s official—our state leaders have delivered for New Yorkers, and Uber is proud to announce we will launch ride-sharing on June 29—in time for July 4th weekend,” a statement from an Uber spokesperson said. “Thank you to Governor Cuomo, the State Senate and the Assembly for bringing reliable, affordable transportation options to the Empire State. We can’t wait to bring Uber to upstate and the suburbs where residents have been demanding it.”

Uber has been actively soliciting applications from drivers and has said it has as many as 50,000 statewide who want to sign on to the company’s part-time driver fleet. It is not known how many drivers the ride-sharing companies will be able to get approved through state background checks by the effective date of the new law.

A package of laws that made it possible for ride-sharing companies to start operating statewide was approved in April, but the State Constitution requires that any new legislation not become law for 90 days after it is approved. But legislators, spurred by those who said the ride-sharing businesses were needed in time for the start of the high season, introduced a bill freeing the new ride services from the usual delay. Under the state law, ride-sharing companies will be licensed and regulated by the State Department of Motor Vehicles, and will not be subject to further restriction by local municipalities. They may pick up customers only through their respective company’s mobile phone app and may not accept hailed rides or accept cash payment for fares. They will also not be allowed to hold taxi licenses while also accepting rides through mobile phone apps.

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Adios crooked cab companies
By johnj (980), Westhampton on Jun 6, 17 10:13 AM
Excellent move! Just used an Uber this weekend after an event in Western Suffolk. The car arrived in 6 minutes, was clean with water bottles and mints and candy. The driver was a respectable young man working to pay for college who addressed us as Sir and Ma'am and drove safely. The cost was most likely half of what Lindy's or some other trash bin would've charged. And no empty bags of drugs sticking to our shoes.
By Mouthampton (419), Southampton on Jun 6, 17 12:49 PM
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