(Reuters) – Uber on Tuesday, the start of the limit, the drivers can access the app in New York City in order to comply with the rules aimed at encouraging drivers to pay for the mitigation of traffic congestion in Manhattan, and the laws that Uber says could have unintended consequences.
FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the logo of the company is Uber Technologies, Inc. on the day of the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, New York, USA, on 10 May 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
Uber Technologies Inc. ‘s move to a” lock-out ” s, and in areas where demand is low, only a few months after arch-rival Lyft Inc. implemented similar measures in response to the city’s ordinance.
The two companies are opposed to the unlimited rules, which is to say that it will prevent drivers from earning money and start a low-income New Yorkers in the outlying areas are not served by regular cabs, with a claim that the city’s claim.
“Time and time again, we see the Mayor (Bill) de Blasio is a TLC pass can be arbitrary, and politically-driven regulations that have unintended consequences for the drivers and riders,” Uber said in a statement on Monday.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) for the past few years, participated in various laws is a challenging way to ride-share companies operating in North America’s largest city, which is one of the industry’s biggest markets.
The agency’s deputy commissioner, Bill Heinzen, in a statement on Monday, also defended the law, saying they were holding the companies accountable and to prevent Uber and Lyft from oversaturating the market, drivers for its own account.
The new rules cap the number of app-based hire car, and set the minimum pay for a city of 80,000-plus ride-share drivers on the basis of the amount of time they spend in the transportation of passengers.
The law limits the amount of time drivers are “cruising” – driving to, or waiting for new passengers to pick up. Starting in February, the ride-share companies will have to decrease cruise fares by 5% and later 10%, and down from this point to 41%. Failure to comply may result in fines or even the inability to work in the city.
The rules are aimed at reducing traffic congestion in new york city’s ride-share vehicles will make up nearly one-third of peak-time traffic, according to the TLC.
Uber said that there was no evidence of the steps that could ease traffic congestion. The company has supported a $2.75 congestion charge was introduced for Manhattan-part of the trips earlier in the year.
Lyft in June, it changed its app to lock out the drivers during the low demand. The company said that that it will support the drivers during the transformation, for example, by displaying it in areas with a large question as to whether the time during which the restrictions will be lifted.
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing taxi drivers and app-based drivers, he said, the companies were trying to scare drivers.
“Uber is the spread of fear and misinformation to the New York city drivers will try to convince the workers that the rules of the protection of their means of subsistence, are to blame for Uber’s greedy policy,” the union said in a statement.
Report by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler