Logan CrawfordFeb 6, 2018, 10:51 pmFeb 7, 2018, 2:35 pm

Why lawmakers want to temporarily stop ride-sharing services in Suffolk

A proposed bill would stop Lyft, Uber from operating in the country if it’s approved

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SMITHTOWN — A proposed bill in Suffolk County would temporarily put the brakes on Uber and Lyft until a tax on the companies goes to the county instead of the state. Suffolk officials say the current 4 percent tax on ride-sharing services isn't shared with the county.

Legislator Bridget Fleming proposed the ride-sharing moratorium at a public hearing Tuesday.

"That revenue, which would have been a steady, recurring, reliable revenue source for our badly underfunded public transportation, was taken away from us," Legislator Fleming said.

Fleming says the county recently had to cut eight bus lines because of the lack of funding for public transportation. And for some residents who can’t afford ride-sharing services, those cuts are detrimental to their ability to commute.

Fleming says if the legislature votes to pass the riding-sharing moratorium bill, companies like Uber and Lyft couldn't operate in Suffolk "until we figured out how it could most serve as a component of our overall public transportation."

The committee will now decide if the bill will go to the legislature for a vote. That vote on the ride-sharing moratorium would happen on Feb. 26.

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