New York City Council votes to limit number of Uber, Lyft vehicles

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In emails to almost 5 million New Yorkers last month, Uber said riders would face higher prices, longer wait times and less service in the city's outer suburbs by drivers. They say the growth of ride-hailing apps has also worsened traffic congestion. "We take the Speaker at his word that the pause is not meant to reduce service for New Yorkers and we trust that he will hold the TLC accountable, ensuring that no New Yorker is left stranded", the company said in a statement.

'More than 65,000 working families will be getting a desperately needed raise because of today's vote, ' said Jim Conigliaro Jr., the founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, which represents drivers for Uber and other services.

However, lawmakers hope the limitations will help reduce congestion and protect taxi drivers who have seen a steep decline in income. No new licenses will be issued for a full year as the city studies the issue further; legislation also allows the city to set a minimum pay rate for drivers, who, as legal contractors, are not subject to federal or state minimum wages. He attempted to pass a cap in 2015 but faced intense opposition from Uber at the time.

Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang said the pause on new vehicle licenses 'will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion'.

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Debt and financial hardship have been blamed for the deaths of six taxi and car-service drivers in the previous year.

Right: The real point of this package of bills was simply to give something to Uber's opponents, especially in the struggling yellow-cab industry. Those wage concerns aren't limited to taxi drivers, though - in fact, the New York Times reports that almost 40 percent of the city's ride-hailing drivers qualify for Medicaid because their take-home wages are that low.

But Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, a Democrat, said Uber will still be available despite the moratorium on new cars. That wouldn't bode well for Uber, which is considering going public next year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement, saying he is prepared to sign the bill into law: "Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock".