Uber is making calls to a few of its customers in New York City, providing to attach them to native council participants to categorical their opposition to the proposed legislation that may cap the collection of ride-hailing drivers within the town, Buzzfeed first reported. Meanwhile, Lyft is also achieving out to its NYC-based riders, asking them to touch their native officers.
For context, the NYC town council is currently considering legislation that would limit the number of ride-hail drivers at the highway. Specifically, the proposal desires to position a one-year cling at the issuance of latest for-hire car licenses, except the automobiles are wheelchair available.
This legislation would impact Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via — all of which perform ride-hailing products and services within the town. The closing date to put up an amended model of the proposal is this night in the dark, so the clock is ticking.
Anyway, some folks appear to be a little dissatisfied about receiving calls from Uber, however Uber Director of Public Affairs Jason Post informed TechCrunch the calls are merely one among its ways this is in keeping with its phrases of products and services.
Uber isn’t calling each and every unmarried buyer within the town, Post mentioned, however the corporate is making sufficient calls to yield a couple of dozen calls according to council member. Though, why individuals are answering calls from unknown numbers is past me.
Uber may be using an in-app takeover that notifies passengers of the legislative panorama in NYC.
“Uber has launched an App takeover so New Yorkers can read the Council’s bills for themselves,” an Uber spokesperson mentioned in a observation. “We believe New Yorkers will join us in supporting living wages for drivers and opposing a cap that will harm outer borough riders who have come to rely on Uber because of the unreliable, or non-existent subway.”
Lyft’s VP of public coverage, Joseph Okpaku, additionally famous in a Medium submit that the cap would have even worse results on communities of colour.
“For communities of color, who, earlier than the arriving of ridesharing, had been denied equivalent transportation choices, the have an effect on will probably be felt much more strongly,” he wrote. “It will return us to the days when African-American and Latino New Yorkers had to worry whether they would get a ride every time they raised their hand to hail a cab.”