The Upstate Transportation Association leading efforts to show lawmakers Uber drivers should be required to undergo an extensive background check with fingerprints. Currently, taxi drivers in our area must fingerprint before working and the association asking that Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies are held to the same standard.

Bad news for those waiting for Uber for the Holiday, it won’t happen until 2017.

The Upstate Transportation Association leading efforts to show lawmakers Uber drivers should be required to undergo an extensive background check with fingerprints. Currently, taxi drivers in our area must fingerprint before working and the association asking that Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies are held to the same standard.

Local and State Lawmakers expressed their willingness to get Uber in the area.

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is pushing to get the green light on Uber.

“It’s hard to have strong opposition when you have this in other areas of the state and all throughout the country,” Ranzenhofer said.

He thinks the background check and insurance coverage issue can be addressed and he’s hoping lawmakers take a look early on in the session.

“There is a way of doing this, it just takes the willingness to get done,” Ranzenhofer said. “All these arguments have been addressed in other states and they’ve been overcome.”

He started a petition to show Governor Cuomo and his colleagues that the citizens of Upstate New York want this service.

“We need to move on this sooner, rather than later,” Ranzenhofer said. “It’s about time that Rochester and all the other Upstate cities have this service.

Since he started it he’s already garnered more than 3,000 signatures in favor of the ride sharing service.

While it’s unlikely a special session will be called just to discuss Uber, Ranzenhofer hoping to get the issue on the table next time the Senate is in session early next year.

He says he’s in favor of laws to keep violent criminals out of the driver’s seat and he hopes everyone can agree so that Upstate New Yorkers won’t be left out much longer.