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City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced yesterday that the Council of the City of New York would delay a vote on whether or not to cap the number of Uber drivers allowed in the city. This is on the heels of an aggressive public campaign by Uber to sway city officials in their favor.
Mark-Viverito explained the decision in a statement.
“At a meeting today, an agreement was reached in which Uber will provide more information and data for a study examining the environmental impact of for-hire vehicles in New York City. All along, the goal has been to thoughtfully address the impacts of the explosive growth in the for-hire vehicle industry and it has become clear that we can achieve this through cooperation between the city and the industry in the interest of a range of New Yorkers – among them, drivers, passengers and environmental advocates.”
Introduction 842 has officially been tabled in favor of Introduction 847-A, which would require an official study on how taxi and for-hire vehicle growth would impact traffic, air quality, noise and public health by April 2016. Sponsored by Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, the bill is expected to pass tomorrow.
Uber NYC General Manager Josh Mohrer also released a statement on the issue.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with Mayor de Blasio’s administration and the City Council to collaborate on a joint transportation study and to work together on ways to continue expanding economic opportunity, mobility and transportation access in the city. We are pleased new drivers will continue to be free to join the for-hire industry and partner with Uber. Together, we can build an even better, more reliable transportation system. This is great news for all New Yorkers, including Uber riders and drivers.”
Mark-Viverito said that she was looking forward to forging a relationship with the for-hire vehicle industry to learn more about its impact on city streets.