SUFFOLK COUNTY — Taxi and limousine drivers in Suffolk County will have to be drug tested and undergo background checks beginning on Monday.
According to Newsday, the new law was passed last year.
Cab drivers, including drivers for Uber and other ride-sharing companies, will have to pay $300 to register with the county Taxi & Limousine Commission. They’ll have to pay $250 each year to renew the license.
In Nassau County, cab drivers are already subject to criminal-background checks and drug testing.
New York City cabs also follow a similar protocol. All “Yellow” taxicab and for-hire drivers are required to take a drug test every year to keep their license. Drivers are required to take the drug test within 30 days before their license expires.
Taxi companies in Suffolk County do not have to register with the county if they only operate in one town.