Uber is making calls to a few of its prospects in New York Metropolis, providing to attach them to native council members to specific their opposition to the proposed laws that might cap the variety of ride-hailing drivers within the metropolis, Buzzfeed first reported. In the meantime, Lyft is also reaching out to its NYC-based riders, asking them to contact their native officers.
For context, the NYC metropolis council is currently considering legislation that would limit the number of ride-hail drivers on the highway. Particularly, the proposal desires to put a one-year maintain on the issuance of recent for-hire automobile licenses, except the automobiles are wheelchair accessible.
This laws would have an effect on Uber, Lyft, Juno and By way of — all of which function ride-hailing providers within the metropolis. The deadline to submit an amended model of the proposal is tonight at midnight, so the clock is ticking.
Anyway, some individuals appear to be a bit upset about receiving calls from Uber, however Uber Director of Public Affairs Jason Submit informed TechCrunch the calls are merely one among its techniques that’s per its phrases of providers.
Uber is just not calling each single buyer within the metropolis, Submit mentioned, however the firm is making sufficient calls to yield a couple of dozen calls per council member. Although, why persons are answering calls from unknown numbers is past me.
Uber can be using an in-app takeover that notifies passengers of the legislative panorama in NYC.
“Uber has launched an App takeover so New Yorkers can learn the Council’s payments for themselves,” an Uber spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “We imagine New Yorkers will be a part of us in supporting residing wages for drivers and opposing a cap that may hurt outer borough riders who’ve come to depend on Uber due to the unreliable, or non-existent subway.”
Lyft says the proposals would have an effect on wait occasions, driver earnings and job alternatives.
“Worst of all, the proposals prioritize company medallion house owners above the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers,” a Lyft spokesperson mentioned. “And whereas many are saying that this a cap wouldn’t diminish service, primarily based on Lyft’s inside driver attrition tendencies, we imagine the business’s annual churn price is at the very least 25%, which means out there drivers for New York Metropolis ride-share would shrink considerably inside the subsequent yr if a cap had been imposed, massively undercutting service ranges throughout the board and specifically in outer-borough neighborhoods.”
Lyft’s VP of public coverage, Joseph Okpaku, additionally famous in a Medium submit that the cap would have even worse results on communities of shade.
“For communities of color, who, earlier than the arrival of ridesharing, had been denied equal transportation choices, the influence will probably be felt much more strongly,” he wrote. “It would return us to the times when African-American and Latino New Yorkers needed to fear whether or not they would get a trip each time they raised their hand to hail a cab.”