Senate passes bill to expedite ride-sharing in Upstate New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The New York State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would accelerate the availability of ride-sharing outside of New York City by the Fourth of July weekend.

“Bringing ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to the balance of the state will be a major plus, offering economic, environmental and public safety benefits.  Giving ride-sharing companies the green light 10 days early in time for the Fourth of July weekend, when tourism traffic and holiday celebrations will be at their peak, could be a true lifesaver,” said Senator James Seward, who co-sponsored the bill.

The state budget passed last month allows for ride-sharing organizations to expand to places outside New York City.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will have broad oversight of rideshare companies and will ensure compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations required as part of the Transportation Network Companies’ (TNC) operational license.

The state will also establish minimum standards to ensure passenger safety, including mandatory background checks, ongoing monitoring for traffic safety, anti-discrimination protections, and zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies.

This bill would change the effective date included in the budget, accelerating it by 10 days to make ride-sharing available as early as June 29.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

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