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Jenkins Wants NYC Ride-Sharing Safety Standards for Westchester Riders

Requests Meetings to Discuss Public Safety Impact of New State Law

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) County Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) is calling for Westchester residents to be protected by the same safety standards as New York City ride-sharing users.

“With Westchester providing such a large new market for ride-sharing companies, our residents should be afforded similar safeguards as our neighbors,” said Jenkins. “What may work for different regions of the state may not be sufficient for our densely populated area. We need to make sure the same safety protections that are required of our current Taxi & Limousine Commission members are in place for ride-share operators.”

Among the protections which govern New York City but currently not scheduled to be enacted statewide is a finger print background check on any new potential drivers. Due to this, and other potential issues, Legislator Jenkins has requested the Committees on Public Safety & Social Services and the Committee on Budget & Appropriations meet to discuss the effects of ride-sharing on Westchester. This is a necessary procedural step in developing the new law.

“We need to have an open discussion with our Commissioner of Public Safety and the Chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission to discuss how new on-demand services like ride-sharing are implemented in our community.  The public safety of Westchester residents should be paramount,” concluded Jenkins.

Click here for Memo Sent Requesting Committee Hearing


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