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City council set to approve legislation to cap Uber, Lyft drivers

August 08, 2018 - 8:53 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York’s city council is scheduled to vote on new legislation for Uber and other ride-sharing vehicles Wednesday.

The council is considering a number of bills, each aimed to reduce traffic congestion and increase taxi driver paychecks.

The bills are supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson and are widely expected to pass.

If the council passes them, the new legislation would mandate a one-year freeze on ride-sharing companies and prevent them from bringing on any new drivers until the Taxi and Limousine Commission can study the impact of for-hire vehicles on the city.

Another bill would also create a minimum wage for taxi drivers in the city.

Taxi drivers have come out in support of the bills and claim the new minimum wage will provide assistance to those struggling to afford a taxi medallion.  

Lyft and Uber have attempted to petition lawmakers to postpone today’s vote and claim they provide a service to people traditionally neglected by the taxi industry, such as those in the outer boroughs.