This past week New York City Council passed legislation that will restrict ride share drivers such as Uber and Lyft that are allowed on the streets. The legislation will limit the number of FHVs (For Hire Vehicles) as the city studies their impact on traffic and transit. For one year there will be no new licenses for FHVs with the exception of wheelchair accessible vehicles. The city is also passing legislation aimed at ensuring minimum wage is earned by drivers for these apps. The legislation passed with a strong majority, but companies such as Uber and Lyft have spoken out against the measures.
- New York City has over 100,000 for-hire vehicles (FHVs), but has not had an intensive study of their impact since 2015.
- The set of bills under consideration includes a provision requiring high-volume FHV services to furnish detailed information in their operations.
- The bills would also include provisions to help struggling can drivers, and implementation of minimum wage protections for Uber drivers.
“The city sees the cap as an opportunity to conduct a new study about the impact Uber and Lyft have on NYC. Those companies, however, have pushed back on the proposed regulations, asserting that a cap would drive up prices, limit the availability of cars, and target already marginalized populations.”