Monday, 20 August, 2018

City Council vote on ride-share cap

NYC will cap the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles on its streets NYC votes to stop Uber's unchecked growth, give drivers a minimum wage
Nellie Chapman | 09 August, 2018, 03:58

Six yellow cab drivers have committed suicide since November.

The company said it would also reach out to vehicle owners with existing for-hire licenses and try to recruit them to work for Uber. And this action will stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt.

Uber and Lyft users might have to wait a bit longer for a ride when the cap is put in effect - or they could just walk to the curb and lift up an arm, like we all used to.

Ride-hailing companies aren't exactly pleased. Although a number of cities have tried to shut down Uber and Lyft altogether, or attempted to force the companies to operate exactly the same as taxicabs, this marks the first time a major city has passed legislation that will regulate ride-hailing apps as their own industry. Picture taken September 21, 2017.

The cap was given support from New York's taxi industry, which has seen wages falling and drivers expressing concern over long-term employment.

"Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock".

"The City's 12-month pause on new vehicle licenses will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion", Uber spokesperson Josh Gold told The New York Times in a statement.

Lyft vice president of public policy Joseph Okpaku panned the vote in a statement, saying that the measure "will bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of color and in the outer boroughs".

Lyft and Uber criticized the city council's actions, and both emphasized their commitment to easing congestion in NYC by reducing the number of cars on the road through other methods and long-term infrastructure investment.

The New York City Council originally mulled a similar ban in 2015, but it stepped away from the issue before any legislation was approved. In a statement, its global president Lawrence Hanley rebuked Uber, Lyft and other companies.

But Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, a Democrat, said Uber will still be available despite the moratorium on new cars. It has also pledged to make half of its trips carpools, with multiple passengers by 2020.