Metropolis Corridor is placing the cap on Uber and Lyft — once more.
With the each day app-based for-hire car journeys nearing 800,000 per day, Mayor Invoice de Blasio has determined to completely droop the issuance of latest licenses, a restrict handed by the Metropolis Council in August.
Town additionally needs to cut back the period of time drivers can cruise with out passengers in Manhattan under 60th Avenue to 31 p.c of whole driver time — a 25 p.c discount from current guidelines.
The variety of for-hire automobiles on metropolis streets ballooned within the lead-up to August’s cap — to the tune of 1,700 new automobiles per 30 days between Might 2016 and July 2018. The deluge exacerbated congestion and squeezed drivers’ pocketbooks.
Since then, the state handed congestion pricing and town Taxi and Limousine Fee handed new minimal wage necessities for e-hail drivers.
The 31 p.c cruising time cap goals to divert app-based drivers out of the Central Enterprise District — the place they at present account for 29 p.c of rush-hour visitors — and into the outer boroughs.
Firms like Uber, Lyft and By way of will get fined $350 for each 100 hours they exceed the brand new restrict. Firms with repeated violations may get their licenses suspended or revoked, metropolis officers mentioned.
In a draft press launch obtained by The Publish, Hizzoner hailed Wednesday’s announcement as a victory for employees. However Uber argues that the cap has pressured drivers to cough up more cash to lease automobiles earlier than August and that the trade loses 1,000 automobiles per 30 days.
“The Mayor’s cap will create one other medallion system — the identical form that bankrupted drivers and enriched lenders,” Uber rep Alix Anfang mentioned. “Not solely is the Mayor’s coverage hurting app drivers by forcing them to pay exorbitant charges to lease a automobile, however he has proposed nothing to repair the present medallion system that solely advantages lenders and taxi insiders.”
Town says Uber is mendacity.
“For-hire car licenses, not like medallions, are usually not transferable. There’s no secondary marketplace for lenders to take advantage of them,” Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin instructed reporters. “They’re attempting to scare drivers and it’s simply not true. It’s unlucky, however I don’t anticipate something extra from [Uber].”
If town finds that drivers are paying excessive rental charges, it’ll merely elevate the minimal wage commonplace, at present set at $17.22, Anglin mentioned.
Uber sued town after the preliminary car restrict went into impact; town expects it to do the identical with these new guidelines. Metropolis Corridor is assured, nevertheless, that the businesses will finally settle for the brand new rules.
“New York Metropolis is such an essential marketplace for them,” mentioned Performing Taxi and Limousine Fee Chair Invoice Heinzen. “It’s not like different locations the place they’ll take their vehicles and go house.”
Driver advocates welcomed town’s choice.
“The cap is one thing that unites drivers throughout this trade. No driver wins when the streets are flooded. Uber and Lyft drivers find yourself with much less journeys, and drivers within the different sectors are drowned out on the streets,” mentioned Taxi Staff Alliance chief Bhairavi Desai. “It’s a very good begin to be sure that Uber and Lyft drivers aren’t simply circling round empty … whereas yellow cab drivers are caught in a [traffic] chokehold.”