Uber Sues New York City Over New Cruising Cap Rule

Steve Burns
September 20, 2019 - 6:55 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Uber filed a lawsuit on Friday against the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission over a new rule limiting the amount of time drivers can cruise around without a passenger.

Uber called the new rule, set to go into effect early next year, “arbitrary and capricious.”

When it begins, drivers will only be allowed to spend a certain amount of time without anyone else in the car – in what’s being called a cruising cap.

The law had a goal of reducing congestion, but Uber claimed it was based on a “flawed economic model” and didn't take into account the many other regulations drivers have to follow.

The suit specifically targets the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission, which Uber accuses of operating in secrecy.

According to WCBS 880’s Steve Burns, the rule will force Uber to cut the average portion of time the drivers cruise passenger-free to 31% within the next year.

Uber has called the rule change “unachievable,” especially since drivers could be logged into other apps simultaneously.

New York City seemed to refuse to back down, however, with mayoral spokesman Seth Stein saying the cap will bring needed relief to congested streets and hardworking drivers.