NYC sets limit on Uber and Lyft vehicles

NYC sets limit on Uber and Lyft vehicles

NYC sets limit on Uber and Lyft vehicles

(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.

New York City is the largest American market for Uber and is now the first USA city to attempt to regulate the growth of app-based rides.

Independent Drivers Guild founder Jim Conigliaro Jr. and Fox News contributor Liz Peek discuss New York's vote to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city.

The first such cap by any major US city was part of a package of measures that also includes setting a minimum wage for drivers.

The City Council approved a package of bills Wednesday that included a one-year moratorium on new licenses for for-hire vehicles while the city studies the rapidly changing industry.

"We are pausing the issuance of new licenses in an industry that has been allowed to proliferate without any appropriate check or regulation", Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, told the New York Times before the vote.


A similar cap on Uber and other auto services was proposed in 2015 but did not attract enough support to pass. It also establishes a minimum wage for drivers, who had previously been exempt from the state's higher than average hourly compensation requirements. That's in contrast to 14,000 taxi drivers.

Opponents of the legislation said Uber and Lyft provide much-needed service to areas outside of Manhattan that aren't served by traditional taxis.

"We will never stop working to ensure New Yorkers have access to reliable and affordable transportation in every borough", he said.

'They're talking about putting a cap on Uber, do you know how hard it is for black people to get a yellow cab in New York City?' Rev. Al Sharpton wrote on Twitter.

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. Uber is not going away'.

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

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