Rochesterians sign up to drive for Uber

February 16, 2017 09:36 PM

Even though you won't find Uber cars on the roadways in upstate New York right now, you will find ads online looking for drivers in our area.

As of last month, 50,000 people throughout the state -- not including New York City -- have signed up to be a driver. Jon Rodriguez signed up to be a driver on Thursday.

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"I've seen their ads posted so I might as well get a jump on it,” said Rodriguez.

Ads asking for 'Uber Driver Partners' in Rochester, can be found on employment websites like Monster and Indeed. Once you click on the positions, it takes you to Uber's website, prompting you to enter your basic information.

“I think it's a great idea to compliment income. I have a full-time job Monday through Friday, but I think on the weekends, it’s a great thing to do,” said Rodriguez.

A few summers ago, Rodriguez applied to the app 'Lyft' -- but because the ride-sharing service didn't stay in Rochester long, he says the opportunity fell through.

Thursday, we wanted to know if he was worried that the same thing would happen with Uber, or that it wouldn't be approved at all.

"I don't think so, I think they want to get a jump on it and they must know something that we don't. It must be coming sooner than we think,” said Rodriguez.

Just because Rodriguez and thousands of others have shown interest in working for Uber, it doesn't mean they've fully applied for the job.

Uber employees say once the app is allowed in Upstate NY, potential drivers have to pass a background check and get their car inspected and approved before they can begin driving.

So now, all Rodriguez can do is wait.

“I don't know, I hope sooner rather than later,” said Rodriguez.

The ride-sharing app has been approved in the Senate but before it's allowed upstate, it still needs to be approved by the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Brianna DiPilato

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