If you’re heading to East Hampton this summer, don't depend on Uber to get you around. As of 11:30 a.m. today, Uber put an end to its driver-for-hire service in the area (which includes popular Hamptons hamlets Montauk and Amagansett). The new taxi licensing law was approved not due to lack of effort. Uber execs attempted a last-minute agreement with city officials, who ultimately remained firm in their desire for every driver to have a physical business address in the town they’re servicing.
Leading up to the shut-down, town enforcement officers have doled out more than two dozen violations to Uber drivers who did not have an East Hampton address. It’s a tough situation: the East Hampton Town allows the business owner’s physical address to be a home address, but the cars under their operation must also be associated with the same address. Another issue came with drivers who solicited popular restaurants and bars for rides instead of only taking in-app ride requests.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.