There May Be A Lot Less Ubers On The Road Soon If This Bill Is Passed

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

THE GIST:

  • There’s talk of NYC capping the number of ‘for-hire’ vehicles on the street (AKA car apps like Uber and Lyft).
  • This would suck for many of the new drivers that just got their license, as they will basically lose the ~$2,500 investment.
  • Executives at Uber say there were supposed to be 10,000 new drivers coming on, but the bill will limit the allowance to 200 per year.
  • Nothing has been signed or passed yet, but rumors say changes may start as soon as the end of the month.
  • Yellow cabs have been very sad since Uber and Lyft got popular since it causes them to lose a lot of business.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio received a very generous campaign gift from the yellow cab industry, which is likely the reasoning behind this controversial new bill.
  • Uber’s reaction? Create a tab on their app called “De Blasio” showing what it would be like post-cap. Hint- it either gives a ridic wait time or says “No Cars-See Why.”

 

For some people, Uber is everything.

Their rapid expansion on a global scale includes hitting many areas across the United States. For drivers, it’s giving many people the opportunity to work and make money on their own schedules. Of course, over the past year there have been controversies in regards to upper management actions, drivers acting erratically, and passengers and drivers worried about being spied on. On the other hand, if you live in NYC it’s basically a savior at 3:30am when the train is not an option.

According to a recent story by the New York Post, there may be a limit as to how many Uber drivers and other ‘for-hire’ vehicles can hit the streets. This could potentially affect almost 700 drivers on the road right now who have received their license, says the New York Post.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission of NYC disagrees, saying that new licenses will not be revoked. Right now, it’s a game of who’s telling the truth. If those licenses do get revoked, many of the drivers who took the time and money to obtain a license will lose that investment. And it isn’t a cheap one, in case you’re wondering. Sometimes it can be upwards of $2,500 dollars.

How drastically will this reduce the number of Uber’s on the road? It’s unlikely that NYC is trying to get rid of Uber and other car app vehicles, they just want to cap the number. Uber is obviously less than pleased. Top executives say that there were supposed to be around 10,000 new drivers coming on board. Yes, 10,000. With this new bill, according to the New York Post, the number of drivers would be capped to 200 per year. Can you say competition?

There has pretty much always been backlash by yellow cabs saying they are losing business to car apps. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council want to create legislation to help regulate these car apps like Uber and Lyft in an effort to help the cabs out. Uber argues that this will kill thousands of potential new jobs. Since Mayor de Blasio’s campaign received a very generous campaign gift from the yellow cab industry, it’s understandable why he would want to cap the number of ‘for-hire’ vehicles on the road.

Even though this bill has not been signed or even passed yet, many of the drivers and executives of these companies will be anxious to hear if NYC will regulate them by the end of the month.

Uber has responded by creating a tab on the app called “De Blasio,” which simulates what it will be like to use the app if the cap is passed. It either gives a very long wait time or claims no cars are available. If you click “See why,” they prompt you to take action and send an email saying why the cap should not be passed.

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