NY DMV approves Uber, Lyft on eve of ride-sharing launch


"When the new state regulations came out a few weeks ago under the Department of Motor Vehicles, that failed to give Westchester County residents the same protections as New York City, we had to take action to try to fix this kind of problem", Astorino said at a press conference with Uber and Lyft representatives on Tuesday.

Both Uber and its competitor Lyft have, in the past, taken steps to make their apps more accessible to seniors.

A deal was struck earlier this year that allowed Uber and Lyft to run throughout all of New York State, but permitted large cities and counties to opt out of the agreement.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said ride sharing would bring new "economic opportunities, jobs and a cost-effective transportation alternative" to residents across the state.

The update includes a feature that allows users of the app to schedule rides for others, like their parents or grandparents, or some people who may be incapable of driving themselves. "Lyft acts as a tremendous resource for every community it operates in - getting people to where they need to be safely, stimulating local economies, reducing C02 emissions and supporting families with extra income".

Uber and Lyft are finally moving to the rest of NY.

Said Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang: "Hey, Schenectady - your Uber is arriving now!"

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Violation complaints about ride-sharing companies can be filed on the DMV website.

The app must display a photo of the driver, the model and color of the vehicle, and the vehicle's license plate number. The actual model and year requirements vary by location, but the auto can not be older than 2006. Drivers must pass a criminal background check before they can transport passengers, including a review of their driving record, said DMV.

They must hold a valid NY state driver's license.

Uber, Lyft and other operators must have a $1.25 million vehicle liability insurance policy when passengers are being transported.

"Ride-sharing in Suffolk County is a game-changer that will provide the incentives needed to attract talent and young professionals to live and work in our region", Mr. Bellone said in a statement. The annual renewal fee is $60,000.

Ride-sharing companies are required to enroll their drivers in a DMV system that tracks and reports traffic ticket convictions, license revocations and reinstatements and other events.