- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Uber has put the brakes on its ride-hailing service in tony East Hampton after the town said drivers violated business licensing laws.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1IiJO2e ) reported Friday that over 20 Uber drivers were charged with misdemeanors this month after they didn’t produce valid business licenses.

Spokesman Matt Wing says app-based Uber got East Hampton licenses before. But he says recent changes in town rules make Uber’s business impossible.

Taxis must be registered to a company with a business license and an office in the town. Wing says under Uber’s structure, each driver would have to rent an office.

Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell says the changes weren’t aimed at any particular company. Assistant Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski says Uber could team up with a licensed cab company to operate in East Hampton.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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