Publicado: Jue, Agosto 09, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

New York City puts the brakes on Uber, Lyft

New York City puts the brakes on Uber, Lyft

Six yellow cab drivers have committed suicide since November. Ride-hailing services have an estimated 80,000 of the 120,000 available for-hire vehicle licenses in NY, the companies say.

The legislation will now go before Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, who is expected to sign it.

The number of ride-hailing vehicles operating in the city has jumped from about 12,600 in 2015 to about 80,000 this year, according to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. And this action will stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt. About 14,000 yellow cabs operate in the city.

Uber and Lyft users might have to wait a bit longer for a ride when the cap is put in effect - or they could just walk to the curb and lift up an arm, like we all used to. Picture taken September 21, 2017. Those wage concerns aren't limited to taxi drivers, though - in fact, the New York Times reports that almost 40 percent of the city's ride-hailing drivers qualify for Medicaid because their take-home wages are that low. But critics said it will make it harder, and more expensive, to get around.

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And Josh Gold, a spokesman for Uber, told Tthe Times in a statement that the cap "will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion".

Backers of the proposals said both the traditional yellow cab industry and drivers for app-based services are suffering as Uber cars flood the city's streets. "We are thankful to the New York City officials who listened to the stories of drivers who are struggling to support their families and stood by us in this fight", the guild's executive director, Ryan Price, said in a statement. In a statement, its worldwide president Lawrence Hanley rebuked Uber, Lyft and other companies.

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.

Lawmakers who backed the measure cited congestion in the city and hoped that it would stop the decline in compensation for drivers, according to WABC in NY. It has also pledged to make half of its trips carpools, with multiple passengers by 2020.

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