July 27, 2017

Uber, Lyft Look To Long Island Expansion

lyft car with passengers taking a ride
Image Courtesy of Lyft

Lyft cars are identified with a light-up sign on the dashboard. Getting a ride on Long Island will soon be as easy as a few taps on your smartphone. The recently passed New York State budget allows the expansion of ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft into upstate and Long Island, a move that is expected to help the area economically as well as help cut down on DUIs.

While Uber and on a smaller scale, Lyft, have enjoyed popularity in New York City, up until the approval of the budget in April, the ride sharing services were banned on Long Island. Whether or not these services make their way to Levittown is up to Nassau County, which has the choice to opt-out. Either way, regulation will fall under the authority of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

A spokesperson from Nassau County said the legislation is currently being reviewed by the county’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The DMV is tasked with creating regulations that govern the operation of ride sharing companies, formerly known as transportation network companies (TNC); regulations are expected to include the background check process, vehicle inspection and reporting requirements. The state has a 90-day window before […]

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