Posted 06/16/2015 at 8:33 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The dispute between the town of East Hampton, Long Island and the on-demand car service Uber has taken a turn for the worse.
As mentioned before in a previous article, the town board made changes to the rules regarding taxicabs which required them to have a physical office within town limits.
That change resulted in Uber ending operations in East Hampton.
On Monday, six drivers were in East Hampton Town Justice Court being arraigned on misdemeanor charges of violating the town’s taxi rules.
Twenty-three drivers in total including the six face these charges, which could net them a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000 and a possible year in jail as the severest penalty.
Attorney Daniel Rodgers, representing the drivers and Uber in court stated that the town wants the maximum penalty.
All of the drivers couldn’t be processed due to the court not having all of the paperwork ready in time.
These drivers had been issued violations by East Hampton police officers on Memorial Day weekend and the following weekend.
Uber then reached out to the town, who informed them that if Uber stopped operations there that all charges would be dropped according to Uber spokesman Matthew Wing.
For now, people can still use Uber to get to East Hampton and Montauk from another area.