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techkenyot.com August 15, 2018


NYC reins in Uber with cap on ride-hail vehicles

09 August 2018, 03:58 | Hattie Nash

NYC votes to stop Uber's unchecked growth, give drivers a minimum wage

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On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 36-6 to effectively cap the rapid-fire growth of ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via and by nudging their fleets of black cars off the road and forcing companies to pay drivers a living wage. "It would also allow the Commission address incomes for app-based drivers, 85 percent of whom now make below minimum wage". "We take the Speaker at his word that the pause is not meant to reduce service for New Yorkers and we trust that he will hold the TLC accountable, ensuring that no New Yorker is left stranded", the company said in a statement. A surge in ridership has coincided with increased resident frustration with the local subway system.

Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said the councils" vote set a precedent for the world as companies like Uber and Lyft use technological innovation "to return us to a time of sweated labor, destroying lives and livelihoods across the planet'.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has supported the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.

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The package, opposed by major ride-hailing companies, is aimed at reducing traffic congestion and increasing driver paychecks in the wake of the explosive growth of for-hire vehicles.

But opponents say the regulations could result in longer wait times and higher prices for ride-hail services.

"These sweeping cuts to transportation will bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of color and in the outer boroughs", Joseph Okpaku, Lyft's vice president of public policy said.

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New Yorkers who regularly rely on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to travel around the city's five boroughs may find the apps less convenient in the next year. That's in contrast to 14,000 taxi drivers.

Gold said the outstanding 40,000 licenses belong to black auto and livery drivers, workers Uber will aim to recruit.

In a statement, Lyft decried the measure's passage - arguing the cap would make hailing a ride more hard across the city, particularly in less dense areas.

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"We're going to aggressively go after the 40,000 existing [for-hire vehicle] licenses to add to the 80,000 that we already dispatch to", Gold said.



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