Politics and realities of ride-hailing on LI

Regarding “Nassau’s car wars: Ride apps vs. taxis” [News, May 28], political contributions by taxi firms to politicians have already tainted the debate.

The faith of Uber New York policy director Josh Gold in elected leaders to do what’s in the best interests of their constituents is naive. Politicians normally do what’s in their own best interests.

The Nassau County Taxi & Limousine Commission’s eight-member advisory panel knows what side its bread is buttered on, so it’s obvious what the members will decide. Half of them have ties to the taxi industry.

The primary reason the taxi industry is fighting the ride-hailing industry is it wants no more competition. The only real way for the public to exercise its rights and bypass its elected officials is to have a referendum on the matter.

Herbert Kraut, Woodmere

 

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Now Nassau legislators must consider whether to ban Uber and Lyft, which have been operating here with virtually zero public oversight?

Since February, I’ve made more than 800 pickups and drop-offs of food to individual UberEATS subscribers. Many found out about Uber’s food delivery service because they are seasoned Uber taxi users. You’d have to live in a cave not to know that Lyft and Uber are becoming popular with Nassau and Suffolk county residents.

Driving thousands of miles on Nassau roads, I’d prefer the state require every licensed driver in the county to pass a 15-minute online road test every five years to renew the privilege.

Distracted driving and driver arrogance and ignorance on the road have reached epidemic proportions.

Paul Eggers, Mineola

 

Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft would free up parking spots in Long Island Rail Road commuter lots and surrounding communities.

Laura Schultz, Syosset

Editor’s note: The writer is president of Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset, a civic group.