July 25, 2017

NY budget: Uber is coming to upstate New York

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Ted S. Warren FILE – In this Thursday, March 31, 2016, file photo, a driver for Uber Technologies Inc., arrives at an authorized customer pick up area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) As expected, the state budget agreement announced late Friday includes several provisions that allow ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in upstate New York.

"And because upstate matters, the budget enabled ride-sharing now statewide, so companies like Uber and Lyft will come to upstate New York," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles will be responsible for regulating the ride-sharing industry. There will be uniform licensing requirements for ride-sharing companies.

This is a break from how taxi cabs are regulated in New York. In Auburn, the city’s police department oversees the taxi services. That won’t be the case with ride-sharing companies.

Local government officials — all counties and cities with at least 100,000 people — will have the option to disallow ride-sharing in their communities. But it won’t change who’s ultimately responsible for regulating the industry.

Uber and other ride-sharing companies will be required to have a minimum group insurance policy of $1.25 million for drivers who provide rides in […]

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