New York City Enacts Cap on Uber and Lyft Drivers

By Anna Breuer on 8 August 2018
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Lower Manhattan as seen from the air

Lower Manhattan as seen from the air

New York City will place a one-year cap on new vehicle licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The measure was approved by the New York City Council on Wednesday.

The Big Apple will become the first city in the United States to take such a step, which will go into effect once signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The legislation also provides for a minimum pay rate for drivers working for such services.

Both the mayor and City Council speaker Corey Johnson said that the new law will lessen traffic congestion on the city’s streets.

Uber said that the new law will result in longer wait times for pickups and higher fares.

“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,” said Josh Gold, a spokesman for Uber, in a statement.

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