Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transport policy and WIRED urban planning.
New York is again weakening its control. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city would seek to maintain its almost a year freeze on the registrations of "rental vehicles", in the category that includes black cars, taxis for delivery, limousines and helis by app. About 80,000 of these vehicles – two-thirds of them – are driven by drivers working for horse-riding companies such as Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno. (There are 13,500 traditional taxis in the city.) De Blasio also said that New York would force taxi companies to reduce the time that their drivers spend "cruising", that is to say the Waiting for their next trips or driving to their next passengers.
Officials in New York and elsewhere have said that the "tower-hail" economic model depends on cluttering the streets with as many drivers as possible, while keeping wait times and driver salaries low. It's not fair to workers, and it's not fair to other New Yorkers who are stuck in traffic, by Blasio said Thursday.
Other cities have observed similar phenomena. A recent study blame overlap for the sake of congestion increases in San Francisco between 2010 and 2016, although the study did not take into account other factors such as the growth of home delivery services .
According to a report published this week by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, 29% of all traffic in Manhattan is now rental vehicles, and these cars spend 41% of their time (and do not report the price of their drivers ) when they take or expect tariffs. (The report assumes that cars spend a lot of time double-stacking or circling the block, which would also affect traffic.) New York would like companies to reduce this "cruise" to 31% by August 2020.
As to how New York would virtually limit cruises, this remains to be determined. The city is ready for a more specific proposal next week. These two new regulations will be subject to public hearings and a vote by the nine-member Taxi and Limousine Commission.
In a statement, Uber spokesman, Harry Hartfield, said that the ceiling's extension would "create another system of medallions", referring to the 80-year-old New York system that requires the taxi owner to buy a special license to operate in the city. The company suggests that owners of licensed vehicles may sell or lease these licenses, and that future Uber drivers may be required to lease more expensive licensed cars instead of using theirs. In other words: Uber says the city is recreating the system that has been so successful at "disrupting" and the city disrupted.
In fact Uber sued the city in February on the cap of the vehicle ride-hail, arguing that it unfairly affects the users in the outer districts. A judge of the state hear the last on this case on July 15th.
At Lyft, a spokesman said that a price of congestion would be a better solution to the traffic problems in New York. The New York State Legislature has moved to the first in the country urban toll plan for the liveliest parts of Manhattan in March. But it is not clear how the new road taxes could apply to personal watercraft vehicles. Via, which operates a fleet of minivans, has described as "counterproductive" the capping of rental vehicles, but the company said it supported the rules to reduce the cruise.
Over the past year, New York has put in place other rules that affect Uber and Lyft. A surcharge of $ 2.75 is added to any round trip that starts, passes or ends under 96th Street in Manhattan, the most congested part of the city. (Taxis generated an additional $ 2.50.) The city also passed a law requiring companies that organize strike tournaments to pay drivers at minimum wage of at least $ 17.22. Time, which paid them. an additional salary estimated at $ 172 million since this rule came into effect in February. Lyft and another local company, Juno, argued that the city's reason for his salary was biased in favor of Uber, and continued. A judge rejected this case last month.
There's a reason why grimaces are so picky about the rules in New York. It is one of their most important global markets. Uber S-1 Public Deposit Exhibitions New York is one of its five major global markets, which together account for almost a quarter of the bookings. As one guy put it, "If I can do it, I'll do it anywhere." The Ride-Grel companies hope this will also work for their business model.
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