Insurance expert to testify about ridesharing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The debate over ridesharing continues Tuesday with an insurance expert set to testify in front of the Buffalo Common Council against the venture.

Companies like Uber and Lyft are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to taxis. Some lawmakers want to keep this service out of the city because they say there are serious insurance gaps.

Lawmakers also argue drivers need a special license in New York State to get paid to drive people around.

In May, the NFTA issued their first set of violations against a Lyft operator. The male driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was issued three violations for not having the right insurance, operating out of class and improper registration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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