Uber filed a lawsuit on Friday against New York City to overturn rules limiting the time ride-hail drivers can spend in high-traffic areas, claiming the city's "cruising cap" rule will make it harder for drivers to make money and calling it "a rushed and unlawful process."
What they're saying: Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed in August that the city's e-haling caps "have resulted in increased wages and families finally have some relief." Uber argues drivers' pay will decrease and riders will wait longer.
The big picture: New York City, the Taxi and Limousine Commission and ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have been attempting to reduce vehicle congestion in the city.
- Ride-hail companies need to cut the average time that drivers cruise passenger-free by 31% within the next year under the new regulations, Crain's reports. Uber said no ride-hail company has ever achieved that type of reduction in cruising rate.
Background: The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted unanimously in August to extend the original limitation on the number of licenses that can be issued, and included a “cruising cap" to reduce the number of vehicles that roam throughout the city without passengers.
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