Early in August of this year the NYC council voted to halt the creation of new licences for ride for hire vehicles. This is not great news for Uber and others like them. However, the seemingly extreme measure was instituted as a way to potentially decrease the vehicular traffic in a notoriously congested city. The measure followed research that suggested at least some ride-sharers were opting for such services over public transport options. Further data suggested as much as nearly 1000 miles of city-specific driving was due to the use of services like Uber. Unfortunately, there is other data to suggest that private car usage is rising and the miles made by these vehicles adds up to more than those made by ride for hire services. Ultimately, the moratorium is not likely to be a magic bullet cure.
- A study contends that ride-hailing services are increasing the congestion of vehicles on the road to the tune of 976 additional million miles of driving.
- Zipcar founder Robin Chase believes that the problem is not ride-hailing vehicles but private car ownership is on the rise.
- New York City’s traffic problems are about cars but it is noted that privately owned cars far outnumber ride-hailing cars and fewer people use ride-hailing services as private cars.
“The moratorium on licenses for ride-hailing companies, among other regulations, is being sold as a way to address the city’s soul-crushing vehicular congestion.”