Lesly Remy says his taxi can’t compete with Uber, so he’s going out of business.
He is the sole driver for his company, Long Island Good Guys Taxi & Limo, a Brentwood-based operation that also shares customer calls with independent cabdrivers at no cost.
Remy, 52, said his incoming calls and revenue are down 40 percent due to competition from Lyft and Uber since the summer, when a state law allowed the ride-hailing services to expand on Long Island.
“It has hurt us . . . I’m leaving the business,”
said Remy, who plans to exit by June, when he will offer a service transporting goods between homes and storage facilities.
Ride-hailing services, whose customers use mobile phone apps to summon drivers, and which charge variable prices based on demand for rides, have been changing Long Island’s transportation sector. Cab companies are suffering, owners and officials said. The Nassau County Taxi & Limousine Commission said it is getting reports from its investigators that cab companies aren’t doing well, according to an official there.
Most of the municipalities in Nassau and Suffolk counties issue their own licenses for taxi operations.