New York City Council Votes to Cap Uber and Lyft

A protester holds a sign memorializing New York City taxi drivers who have committed suicide. The demonstrators at City Hall on Tuesday favor of a cap on Uber Lyft and other ride-hailing vehicles

NYC will cap the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles on its streets

In a committee meeting on Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers cited concerns over pay and quality of life for the 80,000-some drivers now working as independent contractors under Uber and Lyft.

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved a proposal to freeze new licenses for auto service drivers for one year, becoming the first large city in the impose such restrictions. New York City Council is set to consider legislation this week that would cap ride-hailing vehicles in the city and set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

"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", Uber said in a statement.

Supporters of a cap have said the regulations will protect drivers, fairly regulate the industry and reduce congestion.

In a statement, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) commended the Council for its vote, arguing the cap would "stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt".

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.

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

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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.

"Workers and NY leaders made history today".

An ABC investigation found many licensed taxi drivers have warned of the mounting human toll due to industry deregulation, with livelihoods wiped out and increasing pressure on families.

According to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, those app-based vehicles made 17 million trips in February 2018, up from 6 million in February 2016.

"And you know that yellow don't pick up black".

The relative lack of resistance-Uber and Lyft have spent a fraction of the amount on lobbying this year as they did three years ago and have not run attack ads on politicians who have received money from yellow-cab medallion holders-may owe to the council's decision to package the cap with other bills that the firms support.

The New York City Council originally mulled a similar ban in 2015, but it stepped away from the issue before any legislation was approved. With that in mind, Uber said it will ask current drivers to share their vehicles with new drivers.

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