Aug 9, 2018

New York votes to cap Uber and Lyft services

New York has become the first major US city to approve a cap on ride-hail car licences and set minimum pay conditions for drivers. Taxi drivers demonstrated in support of the bill outside the headquarters of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission this week, holding signs with the names and faces of six taxi drivers who had taken their lives since December. Lyft said the move would "Bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of colour and in the outer boroughs." A study last month estimated that app-based drivers now complete over 17 million trips a month in New York. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance celebrated the vote, describing it on its website as a historic victory for its 18,000-member strong union.

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