Need A Ride? Uber, Lyft Ride-Sharing Apps OK In Upstate NY

30 June, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Flynn presser on arrival of ridesharing apps

That is set to change on Thursday, June 29, after press time, when a new state law overseeing ride-hailing becomes official.

Egan said that state regulations require the fare or estimated fare be shown on the ride-hailing app before the ride begins.

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, will hail the inaugural Uber ride in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, the first day ride-hailing services can be offered in upstate NY.

The first hours of ride-hailing services in upstate NY have been for the most part smooth, with kickoff celebrations slated for across the area throughout Thursday.

Uber was still in negotiations with Monroe County to service the airport.

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Using the service is fairly simple.

Ride-hailing drivers have worked in other parts of the state before, but local legislation banned the services from some areas, including much of Long Island. Existing drivers also may be asked by Uber to expand their service areas if they would like to, he added.

As ridesharing is arriving in the Queen City, many have questions about the benefits of having it and how apps like Uber and Lyft differ from traditional cabs.

Ride-sharing drivers must be at least 19 years old and pass a criminal background check, which will include a review of their driving record.

The DMV has established a ride-hailing complaint handling process in which complaints can be filed at the state DMV website.

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Uber hopes this will provide safe and reliable transportation to more people. Ride-sharing companies must enroll drivers in DMV's License Event Notification System, which reports traffic ticket convictions, suspensions, revocations, reinstatements and other events.

Mayor Brown used the app to get to work this morning and said he is "very impressed with Lyft" and that he'll take the service again.

The ride-hailing company launched a feature in more than 30 countries on Tuesday that lets users of the Uber app book a ride for someone other than themselves.

The wheels will finally be turning Thursday for long-awaited ride-hailing apps.

Picente said "not only does this highly demanded service provide an affordable and convenient option to those in need of transportation, but it also bolsters the safety of our roadways by curbing incidents of driving while under the influence of alcohol".

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