Westchester County, New York residents will be able to join the rest of New Yorkers today in the ability to hail a ride from your cell phone as Uber is finally being allowed to infiltrate New York State. County residents were almost left in the past, as Westchester County officials nearly let the deal fall through. However, at the last minute, it was announced that they will allow Uber to operate in Westchester County.
Some Westchester County officials wanted to opt out because they believed allowing Uber to conduct business in their county would take away hundreds of thousands of dollars that they currently make fining the company for illegal Uber rides. New York State gave each county the option to decide whether they will accept this new form of business and Westchester would have been the only county out of 53 to opt out. However, nearly 10,000 people signed up to drive for Uber in Westchester County.
In order for Uber to drive, each car must have $1.25 million in coverage, while other taxis in the area aren’t required to carry nearly that much. Uber is taking other precautions to encourage the safety of its passengers. Any Uber passenger can share their location throughout the ride with their phone contacts and in an emergency situation, can contact the 24/7 Incident Response Team. Westchester will allow drivers to go through an additional safety level where they would be voluntarily fingerprinted and receive a certification decal.
Westchester residents are certainly happy about the Uber legalization, as it has been operating illegally for a while now. If you have been injured in an accident while you were a passenger in an Uber, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.
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