New York To Cap Uber, Lyft And Other Ride-Hail Services

Lloyd Doyle
August 9, 2018

The New York City Council voted on Wednesday (8/8) in favor of a cap on the number of vehicles from Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services on the road in NYC, CNBC reports. (It's worth noting that companies can get around the hiring freeze if they're adding licenses specifically to enhance accessibility, something both the MTA and ride-hailing apps are severely lacking.) The start date was not specified during the meeting nor in the text of the bill. The new regulations, which restrict new licenses from being issued and stipulate a minimum wage for drivers, last for one year, and are the first of their kind to be imposed in a U.S. city.

Moreover, compared with the all-out publicity blitz Uber launched when Mayor Bill de Blasio and his lawmaker allies advanced a similar measure in 2015, the company has done little more than tap the brakes and sound its horn a few times.

"This action will stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt", he said in a statement.

Another source on the council, however, told Crain's that the legislature was still tweaking the bill in the lead-up to the vote so as to mollify the ride-hail industry while keeping the cap in place.

Six yellow cab drivers have committed suicide since November.

The effort to cap the services in New York, Uber's largest US market, was opposed by ride-hailing businesses, including Uber, Lyft and Via.

FILE PHOTO: An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing vehicle in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. 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. By passing the proposal, NY becomes the first city in the country to impose these limitations.

They said they are trying to broaden their services by reducing reliance on cars, which can be seen in Uber's acquisition of JUMP bikes and a deal with Lime scooters.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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