Niagara Falls Reporter- Limo-Taxi Association Says 'Uber, Lyft Want Unfair Playing Field' Upstate

by Frank Parlato | March 07, 2017
A recent upstate survey by Harper Polling found that 84 percent of voters say “the same rules should apply for ride-sharing services in the whole state.”

“The ride-hailing companies (Uber, Lyft) can operate right now upstate if they want to,” says Kevin Barwell, president of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York, “if they choose to comply with the law, as they do in New York City.”

“But the fact is, they don’t want to comply, they don’t want to follow the for-hire laws which means–among other things– paying special insurance to cover drivers and passengers that can cost millions and following the other regulations that cover transportation services, as we do,” says Barwell, vice president and director of sales at Giorgio’s Limousine Service in Lancaster.

Barwell’s trade organization represents more than 60 upstate small businesses providing transportation services, part of an industry that employs more than 80,000 people statewide who live in the state and spend their money in the local economies.
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A recent upstate survey by Harper Polling found that 84 percent of voters say “the same rules should apply for ride-sharing services in the whole state.”  Eighty-six percent of parents say the same rules should apply across the state.
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