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Why New York City Is Trying To Ban Uber

Why New York City Is Trying To Ban Uber

If you ride with Uber, you’ve probably received an email saying that their prices could be increasing soon and are asking you to take action

The City Council of New York City has proposed some new legislation that could affect the way that New Yorkers travel around the city - and it involves raising the prices of rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft - making it more difficult to book a ride with one of those companies. 

 Photo courtesy of  The Wrap

Photo courtesy of The Wrap

 

What the city council is proposing

This proposal would decrease the amount of For-Hire Vehicles (FVH’s) allowed in New York City streets. This would stop the Taxi & Limousine Commission from issuing new licenses for FHV’s for one year and would also establish new regulations on services such as Uber and Lyft, which would require that they provide data on usage and charges. 

 

Why they’re proposing it

The last time that a study was conducted in regards to FHV's was back in 2015 when Uber was just beginning to really pick up steam. In the last 3 years, there's been a rise of Lyft and Via among other ride-share apps. In New York, the amount of people taking yellow taxi cabs has decreased exponentially and even the subway system has seen a decline in riders.

The city wants to restrict and limit the FHV's for one year in order to conduct a new, more recent study on how these rides are affecting the community as a whole. They’re also hoping that by limiting shared rides, maybe the traffic congestion will decrease a bit as well. 

 Photo courtesy of  City Economist

Photo courtesy of City Economist

 

Will it work?

As of right now, the general consensus is that this new proposal will not work - if it does anything, it will only cause more of a traffic and travel headache than what already exists in New York City. An article in The New York Times states, “In reality, this cap would do little on its own to reduce congestion or improve the lives of drivers…If anything, it could encourage some drivers to spend even more time in Manhattan where they are more likely to get fares and less time in mass transit-starved parts of the city.”

 

What you can do

If you want to push back against this new proposed legislation - all you need to do is tweet to City Council of New York. Hurry! They're voting later this week. 

What do you think about this new legislation? Let us know in the comments section below. And be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for all the latest ride-sharing news and other entertaining reads. 

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