NYC votes to cap Uber and Lyft vehicles

NEW YORK NY- AUGUST 6 For-hire drivers and their supporters rally in favor of proposed New York City legislation that would put a cap on ride-hailing vehicles outside the headquarters of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission which also house

NEW YORK NY- AUGUST 6 For-hire drivers and their supporters rally in favor of proposed New York City legislation that would put a cap on ride-hailing vehicles outside the headquarters of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission which also house

The New York City Council voted to regulate Lyft and Uber services, which will likely raise prices for users of the ride-sharing services.

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.

Yellow cab drivers and anti-congestion campaigners have pushed for regulation after the number of app-based cars soared in recent years.

"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". It also sets a precedent that other cities could follow, which would spell trouble for ride-hailing firms.

The one-year cap - which won't apply to wheelchair accessible vehicles or in certain underserved areas deemed not to be affected by congestion - is meant to make way for a study on longer term regulations and standards for the industry.

The legislation imposes a one-year ceiling on non-wheelchair-accessible for-hire vehicles while the city undertakes a study on the impacts of ride-hailing. Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement, saying he is prepared to sign the bill into law: "Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock".

He said many ride sharing drivers did not fully understand the costs of their job.

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The TLC, which regulates taxis and is a powerful force in NY politics, commissioned a study recently in a bid to underscore the chaos and push city authorities into taking action. "We will never stop working to ensure New Yorkers have access to reliable and affordable transportation in every borough".

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

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

In Europe, transportation authorities in London cracked down on Uber's services last fall, withdrawing its license to operate in the city, which is Uber's largest European market, according to The New York Times.

'Uber as you know it is going to be Uber as you know it, ' Cumbo said. With that in mind, Uber said it will ask current drivers to share their vehicles with new drivers.

That argument has gotten support from some civil rights activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton, who have long criticized the yellow cab industry for discrimination and profiling of minorities. If passed, the legation would make New York City the first major American city to set a limit on ride-hailing vehicles.

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