New York City Council votes to limit number of Uber, Lyft vehicles

New York City caps Uber and Lyft vehicles — a first-in-the-nation move

"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", she said, adding that the company would work "to pass real solutions like comprehensive congestion pricing".

The New York City Council is set to vote on whether to impose a one-year cap on new licenses for Uber and other ride-sharing vehicles. They say the growth of ride-hailing apps has also worsened traffic congestion.

The City Council is expected to vote today on a proposed cap on ride-share vehicles. The drop in incomes has demoralized many drivers and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance said there have been six suicides among cab and livery drivers in recent months. And this action will stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt. Hundreds of cab owners couldn't earn enough to pay for their auto leases and taxi-license medallions, and economic desperation became a factor in at least six driver suicides since November.

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FILE PHOTO: An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing auto in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. The insider was unsure of the exact nature of these last-minute amendments, but another source suggested that a final draft of the bill might allow now licensed Uber and Lyft cars to be rented to other drivers, possibly creating yellow-taxi-style fleets of ride-hail cars. "These sweeping cuts to transportation will bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of color and in the outer boroughs", said Joseph Okpaku, Lyft's vice president of public policy, in an emailed statement.

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. 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.

The New York City Council originally mulled a similar ban in 2015, but it stepped away from the issue before any legislation was approved. In a statement, its global president Lawrence Hanley rebuked Uber, Lyft and other companies.

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