Uber Files Lawsuit Against New York City

Uber, the transportation network company, is taking New York City over its temporary cap on new vehicle licenses for ride-hailing companies to address traffic congestion. It claims the city plans on making the cap permanent.

Uber offers services including peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system. The company has operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide.

The company filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court on Friday afternoon, requesting that the city lift the cap so that the company has the freedom to add new vehicles to the road to support demand.

In August, New York passed a package of bills that would limit the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed on its roads, and require Uber, Lyft, and other companies to pay their drivers a minimum wage.

The one-year freeze on new for-hire vehicle licenses was intended as a temporary restraint on the growth of ride-hailing companies as the city explores ways of reducing traffic congestion.

In the complaint, Uber questions whether the city has taken the many causes of congestion into consideration.

Yvad billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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