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Below the ceiling, Uber and Lyft could still be licensed for wheelchair-accessible cars - the two firms are very much lacking - but would be hindered from introducing new driver protection cars for a year. Municipal taxi and limousine commissions could also grant licences for certain districts where the number of Ride-Hail cars is too low.
A further bill that was adopted would set a livelihood of 15 dollars for driver. Over and Lyft have reasoned that the ceiling will result in longer waiting periods and less dependable services in the town, especially on the outskirts. But, according to Manhattan Democrat Corey Johnson, New Yorker' s spokesman for the New York Parliament, New Yorkers won't see any differences in their daily journey - apart from perhaps an additional 12 to 15 seconds they take to order a vehicle.
The first US metropolis to suggest a suspension of the entire number of cars for driving is New York. It is also one of the largest donors of the same service. More and more inhabitants are turning to Ride-Hail to complement or sometimes even substitute the city's fluctuating transport system.
At the moment there are more than 100,000 rental cars in New York, more than four to one yellows of cabs. Mr Johnson argued that these cars help to exacerbate road traffic congestion and quoted a survey which found that more than a third of them were empty at any one point. Undamped vehicle development has seriously diminished the value of the city's taxi medals, the metallic plates used to record road calls.
Taxi riders have stage a protest in reaction to the boom in Uber and Lyft and have mobilized supporters. Johnson concluded the voting by noting the "real effect of the blast " on the number of Uber and Lyft cars in the town. Several taxi riders have gone bankrupt, while others have allegedly commited suicide after getting deeply into the trap of debts.
Since the beginning of the year, six riders have taken their own life, Johnson said. Over and Lyft have set themselves back sharply, financing million dollars advertising campaigning and pushing clients to do lobbying on their name. The upper limit would not only abandon their driver without incomes, but would also cause disproportionate damage to low-income inhabitants and minorities on the outskirts of the town, who do not have simple means of transport and are often ignored by conventional taxi operators.
Together with the upper limit, another bill would demand that Uber and Lyft passenger transportation firms supply information on use and fees or face a $10,000 penalty for non-compliance. Geographical limitations and a $15 US min. salary for rides have also been accepted. About and Lyft quickly denounced the Council votes.
"This 12-month break of the city on new car licences will jeopardize one of the few dependable transport choices, while doing nothing to repair the metro or reduce congestion," a spokesman for Uber said in a declaration. Lyft Politics VP Joseph Okpaku said in a statement: "These far-reaching transport cutbacks will take New Yorkers back to an age of struggle for a journey, especially for colour churches and suburbs.
" They undertook to meet market demands with the new restraint. By improving competitive conditions for taxi riders, reducing traffic jams and increasing driver safety for all, the laws could act as a domestic model for other towns fighting under the weight of ride-hail vehicles.
These demonstrators were dismissed from the House after someone had thrown false cash at the councillors below.