Uber has been banned in East Hampton -- and people are freaking out

Uber has been forced to quit its operations in East Hampton.

The ride-hailing app had been trying to reach a compromise with town officials, who recently enacted a mandate that requires all taxi drivers to have a physical address in the town. 

Uber has been operating in the Hamptons since 2012. 

According to 27east, the new mandate only applies to users calling an Uber within the East Hampton city limits. People can still hail an Uber from another city and be driven to East Hampton. 

Late Friday morning, Uber sent an email to riders registered in East Hampton: 

“Today, the East Hampton Town supervisor is banning Uber. New rules would require every single Uber driver-partner to have an office in East Hampton to continue to hold their licence, which is impossible for our partners. As a result, riders like you will be unable to get reliable, safe rides in any part of East Hampton out to Montauk — effective immediately. We need your help to bring Uber back. Make your voice heard and contact Town Supervisor Cantwell today — tell him you need Uber in East Hampton.”

Cantwell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Between Uber and the ros
é shortage, we’re not sure how Hampton-goers will survive the summer.

The map below shows the areas where Uber users will not be able to hail a ride.


People are freaking out over the thought of not having Uber this summer. 

The Hamptons are a huge party scene, so many have questioned whether the town’s mandate will affect neighbourhood safety. 


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