Ride-hailing services will soon be coming to upstate and suburban New York. If you have never used one of these services, these are everyday people using their personal vehicle as a taxi cab. It took several months for this service to be allowed out side of NYC and some people are not happy about it especially cab drivers. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about ride hailing.

When Will It Start ?

The earliest possible date is July 8.

Will It Depend On Where I Live ?

Uber and Lyft both say they are currently determining their New York expansion strategies. It will depend in part on demand.

Lyft hasn't yet determined whether it will launch across the state all at once, or whether it will start in one area and gradually expand.

How Do You Pay ?

Payments are done electronically through and electronic service like PayPal, all payments are taxed as well.

Who Can Drive ?

Ride-hailing drivers will have to be at least 19 years old to operate in New York.

Drivers will have to have a valid license and insurance, as well as pass a criminal background check.

They can't appear in the national sex-offender registry, and they will be disqualified if they have committed certain crimes in the past seven years, including fleeing a police officer.

I hope this guide has helped to end some of the confusion over ride sharing. A lot of it seems more complicated than it actually is. The app is very user friendly and the more people driving for ride sharing companies, makes the trips super fast and convenient.