New York City (NYC) has been the first major urban area to pass legislation capping the number of ride-share services. That will be at the current 100,000. The limit will remain in effect for a year as a study is conducted about the overall impact of this app technology on NYC. Here are more details from Wired.
Once touted as a low-cost, convenient, and reliable consumer transportation solution, Uber, Lyft, and others have been demonized. It could just happen that those using these services will be made to feel like the bad guys.
The Uber model, for example, has been fingered as a factor in the recent multiple suicides of NYC traditional taxi and black car drivers. Those tragedies have received plenty of media attention. Some have been positioned and packaged as the end of the American Dream for those drivers. They had invested everything to purchase a taxi medallion, which ride-hail services made much less valuable.
The Uber model has also been blamed for worsening NYC traffic. For example, those who would have taken public transit such as the bus or subway now use Uber. That's more vehicles on the road.
The NYC legislation also increases the wage for ride-hail drivers to $17. That's considered a living wage.
The exceptions to the cap are vehicles which allow wheelchair access. Also areas underserved by traditional transportation can apply for an increase.
NYC's action is radical. However, cities ranging from Chicago to London have also pushed back on what could be called The Uber Effect.
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