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Mar 8, 2016 12:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Livery Driver License Contemplated For Southampton Town

Southampton Town officials are looking to create separate taxi and livery cab license requirements to regulate the number of app-based companies, like Uber, doing business in Southampton.
Mar 8, 2016 1:19 PM

Southampton Town officials are looking to create separate taxi and livery cab license requirements to regulate the number of app-based companies, like Uber, doing business in Southampton.

The move would require drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to register with the Southampton Town clerk’s office in order to legally operate within the town’s limits this summer.

By distinguishing between a taxicab license and a livery cab license, the town would be able to monitor drivers in both categories, while also tailoring fee schedules—which have not yet been set—to each distinct group.

“There were concerns with allowing livery drivers to operate as taxicabs, so the only way to address that and still license them is to create an exemption to the license,” Southampton Town Attorney Carl Benincasa said at a work session last Thursday, March 3.

Under the town code, a livery driver would be classified as a driver who can pick up passengers only when it is prearranged either online, through an app, or via telephone. A taxicab driver, on the other hand, will be able to pick up passengers with a prearranged pickup or on the spot—for example, at a train station or outside a club.

Changes to the town’s taxi legislation were first proposed earlier this year by Councilman Stan Glinka, who says that while the competition Uber provides is good, it is also not fair to registered taxi companies that pay significant fees just to do business in the town.

Currently, drivers need several licenses to operate in Southampton Town. First, the drivers must be operating under a registered business, which requires an owner’s license that costs $750. There is also a $150 license fee for each vehicle, plus a $100 fee per operator. For a cab company with only one car and one driver, the business pays $1,000 a year to operate; the more cars and drivers a company has, the higher the annual town fees will be.

To date, Uber drivers have not been paying fees because they have not been required to register to operate in Southampton.

Mr. Glinka said he hopes to have the changes to the legislation in place for this summer. A public hearing on the proposed changes has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.

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Make all the license you want, bottom line is nobody's taking a $30 cab ride to go five minutes down the road.
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Mar 8, 16 1:24 PM
Yeah, this is the government doing the exact OPPOSITE of what we need... Uber drivers have always been clean, courteous, and safe... meanwhile we all know what the local cabs look like, damn near gypsy cabs...
By The Royal 'We' (198), Southampton on Mar 8, 16 2:27 PM
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I think the real problem is that a ride from the Public House to Hampton Bays taken last weekend cost $68!! If anyone really wanted to eliminate the drunk driving problem around here they would make an effort to make public transportation more accessible and affordable. When you have to spend almost a hundred bucks for the 10 minute ride home you start thinking about taking the chance of driving it.
By kkelly75 (31), Hampton Bays on Mar 8, 16 2:45 PM
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I'll say it again. Local taxi guys are scum. They'll gouge you so bad without hesitation. Who's going to stop them? Town Clerk? Police? It's a conspiracy! Just kidding....kind of.
By lirider (284), Hampton Bays on Mar 8, 16 3:32 PM
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"What's that? Free market competition that will benefit residents and encourage those who have been drinking to take an affordable ride home?? Not in this town without a fee!"

Why don't we make the drivers also register their garages, which are now commercial storage property, and thus require a sprinkler systems and the like... Which needs to be installed by a registered sprinkler installer, after a permit application and associated town fees. Then inspect them, approve them and annually ...more
By Mouthampton (433), Southampton on Mar 8, 16 8:31 PM
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Kelly it is so true. These cab companies all they do is complain about uber but at least I'm not getting in a car filled with smoke and people asking me how to get to my destinations. You can't even open a company now a days without the town of southampton trying to shut you down to help caterer to the rich. The town of southampton is comical now especially with the jokers in charge. Middle class start running. They are trying to filter us out.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Mar 9, 16 5:07 AM
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Mouthampton FOR PRESIDENT!! Brilliant ideas! Hahaha I love it.
By The Royal 'We' (198), Southampton on Mar 9, 16 9:57 AM
Try $14 to go from Starbucks in beidgehampton to CMEE (2 minute ride?)..I ended up walking
By cat (18), Riverhead on Mar 9, 16 7:38 PM
Try $14 to go from Starbucks in beidgehampton to CMEE (2 minute ride?)..I ended up walking
By cat (18), Riverhead on Mar 9, 16 7:40 PM
Atlas Shrugged.
By TheTurtle (143), Southampton on Mar 9, 16 9:37 PM
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