Uber drivers strike across Australia this morning

Uber drivers strike across Australia this morning

The City Council will vote on legislation meant to curb the number of ride-hailing services. If the legislation passes, Mayor Bill de Blasio has 30 days to either sign it into law or veto it.

Ride-hail companies would be able to add new vehicles only if they are wheelchair-accessible.

As the The New York Times reported Monday, this has caused a stir among both traditional taxi and ride-hailing drivers alike, many of whom showed support for the cap, which would be the first of its kind among major American cities. The regulations could set a precedent for other cities seeking to rein in Uber.

"There is absolutely no reason beyond corporate greed for why there would be no cap on the number of vehicles", said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

Her group has raised concerns about the recent driver suicides, which included three taxi drivers and were attributed in part to financial stress. But last month, things looked like they might be about to change. But Post said Uber opposes government-set caps on drivers, arguing they would decrease overall service, increase costs for passengers, and reduce service to neighborhoods that don't have easy access to mass transit.

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The RDSU also asked that Uber should permit the drivers to choose out of the UberPool system-in which the passengers share with others and raise UberX base rates by at least fifteen per cent, to account for the ever-rising increase in vehicle maintenance and the on-road prices.

An Uber spokeswoman said the company wanted successful driver-partners so it had invested in technology to encourage more riders to share tips about the best times and places to drive.

Lyft, the second most popular app, has joined Uber in opposing the cap and says that almost a quarter of its drivers could leave because of routine turnover, leading to a shortage of drivers over the next year if a cap is adopted.

Uber, Lyft and Via have announced a proposal to give $100 million to support individual taxi medallion owners, but the City Council turned it down.

"I believe, like many people in the industry, it will hurt the majority of the drivers", he said.

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