Limousine Commission and the New York City Taxi recently voted to extend its cap on the Uber and Lyft vehicle numbers allowed to work in the city. Moreover, the commission changed its rules targeted at restricting the number of time drivers may cruise without travelers in Manhattan under 96th Street.
Previously, the New York City Council nominated to halt the allocation of novel for-hire automobile licenses for 12 months. Now, under the cap, Lyft and Uber can still be granted permits for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, both companies sorely lack. However, they can be avoided by adding up the latest ride-hail vehicles for a year. This vote extends, which cap for another 12 months, whilst even cutting deadheading or the numbers of time drivers, use up devoid of passengers in the car, for both organizations from 41% to 31%.
The conventions come up top of the latest bare minimum wage rules endorsed in February, with a jamming charge for all yellow taxis and for-hire vehicles.
If reports to be believed, then the vote by TLC was not a surprise. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned that two months ago he wished the cap extended for an additional year to put off app organizations from “taking advantage of hardworking drivers, choking our streets with congestion, and driving workers into poverty.”
As such, Lyft and Uber attempted for downplaying its significance while even signaling their disappointment with the way the government of the biggest city of America treats them. When asked, a Lyft spokesperson opened up and said, “The TLC continually attempts to shrink New Yorkers’ access to affordable and reliable transportation.” Adding further, he mentioned, “There is no reason these rules needed to be rushed through on such an accelerated time frame, especially given strong opposition from members of City Council and communities across New York. We will never stop working to find better solutions for riders and drivers.”
On the other hand, the Uber spokesperson said, “We worry that the Mayor’s rules will hurt drivers’ ability to earn a living and hope that we can work with stakeholders to limit the consequences for riders and drivers.”
The groups of drivers are split on the verdict. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called the vote as a victory, while the Independent Drivers Guild mentioned it was “disappointing.”
Uber has stopped onboarding novel drivers in the NYC on April 1st, pursued soon after by Lyft. IN the month of January, Lyft sued the city, in order to block the original wage rules, quarreling that they would generate a rough playing field & will eventually signify their own drivers will be paid less. After three weeks, Uber prosecuted the city over the cap on novel ride-hail drivers.