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NYC Mayor Seeks to Extend Uber, Lyft Limits to Combat Congestion

  • Mayor de Blasio also moves to limit empty cars on city streets
  • Restrictions intended to reduce traffic, increase driver pay
New York Approves First U.S. Cap On Uber, App-Based Cab Drivers
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to permanently extend the cap on for-hire vehicles working for companies including Uber, Lyft, Via and to add restrictions on how long such cars can cruise without passengers in part of Manhattan, seeking to ease congestion on traffic-clogged streets.

New York’s cap on drivers for such app-based services was enacted last August. De Blasio said reducing cruising time for empty cars and permanently limiting the number of for-hire vehicles is also intended to increase drivers’ pay as much as 20%. The extension to the cap needs approval from the Taxi & Limousine Commission, which would review it annually and decide where it should be set.