City Council's assault on Uber isn't really about congestion

City Council's assault on Uber isn't really about congestion

A TLC study found that 80,000 vehicles in New York City operate as app-based ride services, and accomplish a staggering 17 million rides per month.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which has pushed hard for the freeze, hailed the city council. If passed, the legation would make New York City the first major American city to set a limit on ride-hailing vehicles.

The legislation before the Council calls for a 12-month moratorium on most new for-hire vehicle licenses to give the city time to study how the rapid expansion of ride-hailing services affects the city's traffic, and how the council can ensure drivers of hired cars and yellow cabs earn a living wage.

The city council also approved proposals to set minimum pay levels for all drivers and minimum fares, which are now regulated for traditional cabs but not their multitudes of new competitors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio still needs to sign it into law, but it's believed that he will do that soon.

But that growth has brought New York's iconic yellow cabs to their knees and since December, six yellow-cab drivers have committed suicide.

Slamming on the brakes: This is a big blow to Uber-the Big Apple is the company's biggest USA market. "In the meantime, Uber will do whatever it takes to keep up with growing demand and we will not stop working with city and state leaders, including Speaker Johnson, to pass real solutions like comprehensive congestion pricing". The study recommended a $17.22 hourly minimum wage after expenses, arguing the measure would cover the costs of owning and driving a auto in the city and allow for paid time off. City officials would set the wage. Uber has been fighting back with TV ads urging people to tell the city council "not to strand New Yorkers". More than 100,000 workers and their families will see an immediate benefit from this legislation.

More news: Master Chief will be the lead character in Showtime's Halo series

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.

"Max" from RideShare Drivers United has also welcomed the move in NY.

The move to tighten regulation in NY was in part prompted by several recent driver suicides. They get into heavy debt to buy their vehicle license and have little other means of generating income.

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.

Last year, London's transport authority stripped Uber of its license over safety concerns, but the corporation appealed the decision and was allowed to continue operating while the case was heard.

The guild says nine in 10 of its members drive for ride-hailing companies as their primary source of income, underscoring the need for a minimum wage.

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Related Articles