Ride-sharing offers many opportunities for WNY
It’s an exciting time in Buffalo as the legalization of ride-sharing in upstate was passed as part of the 2017-18 budget. This will not only be a positive step for tourism, but also offers plenty of opportunities for people who live here, as well.
It seems like a perfect time as events start building up and Western New Yorkers begin to mark their calendars.
According to a press release, the state Department of Motor Vehicles has 30 days to craft regulations that will oversee the ride-sharing industry, and services should be up and running in 90 days.
While there is a wait to avail oneself of ride-sharing services, individuals are able to apply to become a driver.
“While we wait for the DMV to craft service regulations, Western New Yorkers don’t have to wait to take advantage of the potential that ride-sharing will bring to our region,” Sen. Tim Kennedy said in the press release. “Job opportunities are already being created, and I strongly encourage those looking to become a driver to start exploring the application requirements now.”
Kennedy was one of a bevy of elected officials that lauded the recent news that ride-sharing services are on their way to Western New York. The work those officials put in to clear the way for rise-sharing in our area deserves recognition and praise, especially considering the opportunities ride-sharing is already presenting to area residents.
Requirements for those interested in becoming drivers include being at least 19 years old and having a valid license and insurance coverage. In addition, individuals must own, lease or otherwise have authorization of a vehicle.
Interested drivers can’t appear on the national sex-offender registry or have committed certain crimes within the past seven years.
According to the release, ride-sharing companies will be required to check the driving history of potential drivers before hiring and will be required to have a zero-tolerance policy for drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on the job.
Ride-sharing companies also have their own requirements that potential applicants must meet. An example is that Uber and Lyft require that drivers be at least 21 years old.
There’s a lot to look forward to as the months keep getting warmer.