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This Time It’s Uber on the Defensive in Battle With New York [NY Times]

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224 Driver
 Posted 4 years ago

Are you guys seeing this?!!  NYC taking a stance against Uber for once?!  Limiting the number of rideshares!  What happened to all the lobbyists that Uber pays off?!  Does billions of dollars in cash mean nothing to these law makers?!  LOL.

The last time New York City tried to impose a cap on Uber’s vehicles, the rout was brutal. Uber introduced a “de Blasio view” in its ride-hailing app, blaming long wait times on Mayor Bill de Blasio. Celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Kate Upton voiced their support for Uber on Twitter.

The mayor was forced to back away from the plan in 2015.

Now, Uber is gearing up for another fight, this time over a proposal by the City Council for a yearlong cap on for-hire vehicle licenses. But the political terrain has shifted substantially, and this time it is Uber on the defensive.

Over the last three years, Uber and other ride-hail companies have added tens of thousands of vehicles to New York’s roads, prompting growing alarm over congestion and low driver wages.

Uber’s reputation has also taken a beating over accusations of gender discrimination and harassment and other scandals. Its new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, has tried to adopt a friendlier, more cooperative approach.

At the same time, there have been signs of a broader disillusionment with Silicon Valley in cities across the country. New York is also moving to rein in Airbnb, another popular service that has threatened the hotel industry.

On Friday, Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, said he was confident about passing the legislation for a cap and other regulations for the for-hire vehicle industry. Mr. Johnson wants to vote on the bills by Aug. 8.

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    2096 Rider
     4 years ago

    The fact remains that Uber is in bed with all the law makers in NYC, so I doubt anything too negative will happen to Uber.  Any measures that will be put into place will likely benefit Uber as they do have influence over this decision.

    For all we know, this "change" was proposed by Uber.  They too knew the sharp rise of rideshares would become a problem.

    For example, thy will 

    • Limit the number of rideshares to exactly the # Uber wants on the road, after they carefully analyze the demand.
    • Put some rules or emasures in place to "limit" the number of competitor driver apps in NYC, say make it more difficult to drive for multiple.
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       4 years ago

      Damn, this is so dark man. But it's probably true. Just more corruption.

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     4 years ago

    Wow.  Super curious as to how they will implement this.  This will set the precendence for everywhere.  

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    58 Rider
     4 years ago