Officials: Unaffiliated drivers trying to solicit passengers near Copiague train station
A warning was issued to people in the Town of Babylon that unaffiliated drivers are trying to pick up passengers near the Copiague train station.
Four summons were given out in a week to drivers offering rides to passengers without a license to do so, according to the town.
The town posted a warning on its Facebook page to people to not get into the cars because they are not properly trained or insured because the safety of the passenger cannot be ensured.
Babylon Town Councilman Terence McSweeney says the unaffiliated for-hire cars offer people rides at a much cheaper rate than a cab or ride service and that they are spotted mostly in the morning as people are getting off the train.
"Spend the extra few dollars to ensure your safety in getting home," McSweeney says.
Patrols have been increased around train stations, and officials are reminding people to use ride sharing apps and licensed places.
Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers have to undergo background checks before they can work for their respective companies, which adds a level of security for the riders.
The four drivers who got summons for operating without a license will have to appear in Babylon Town court.