New York State to allow Uber starting in July

One of the biggest recent changes in the world of public transportation is the introduction of the ride-hailing company, Uber. Rockland County is relatively limited in terms of public transportation options to local towns, which makes it hard for people to get home safely after a night of drinking. Right now, Uber is vastly unavailable in Rockland County and many people are still relying on traditional taxi services to get home. Some taxi drivers in the county refuse to go to more than a few miles away and many people find themselves stranded at 4 am because drivers don’t want to go to the other side of the county. This, unfortunately, results in more people who drink and drive because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of a taxi. Luckily, on June 29, that’s about to change.

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation that will allow Uber drivers to work throughout New York State, including Rockland County. Companies like Uber and Lyft will be considered “Transportation Network Companies” and will be required to carry at least $1.25 million in insurance. Drivers will go through background checks and will be subject to zero-tolerance policies for discrimination, drugs, and alcohol. It is important for the state to do what they can to prevent driving under the influence. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced attorney today who can assist you.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.