The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4159) that would create a regulatory framework to allow ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, to operate throughout New York State.
“This legislation creates a system to allow ride-sharing services to operate safely and fairly in our Upstate communities,” said Senator Amedore. “This will help provide another safe and reliable transportation option that will be beneficial to all New Yorkers, whether they reside in rural communities, suburban neighborhoods, or downtown urban areas.”
The legislation advanced by the Senate provides for the permitting of transportation network companies (TNCs) by the DMV, and the permitting of drivers by the TNCs.
The legislation includes measures to ensure that proper consumer protections and safety measures are in place in regards to the vehicles, fares charged, and criteria and background checks that must be met in order for an individual to qualify to be employed as a TNC driver.
New revenue generated from the expansion of ride-sharing services throughout the State would be dedicated to a local transit assistance fund to help counties with local transit needs.
“We need to capitalize on new technology and use it to our advantage to help improve the economy, create jobs, and improve services for residents, visitors, and existing businesses,” said Senator Amedore. “Ridesharing is long overdue, and today, we are one step closer to finally bringing these services to our Upstate communities.”
The bill was sent to the Assembly.