Reform Rideshare

Myth Busting

Myth: New Yorkers will lose access to rideshares like Uber and others, and regulation would diminish service in boroughs outside of Manhattan, particularly to communities of color. 

Fact: These regulations will not limit customers’ transportation service across the City. 

  • There is an exemption in the 12-month pause for underserved areas of the boroughs.
  • There is an exemption in the 12-month pause for ANY wheelchair accessible Uber anywhere in the city including Manhattan, where most Uber’s operate. Uber calling this a cap is an insult to thousands of New Yorkers who use wheelchairs. Uber’s wheelchair accessible fleet is shockingly devoid of accessible vehicles; 0.2% of Uber’s fleet is wheelchair accessible. In contrast, the yellow taxi industry already has 20% of its fleet accessible and that will soon rise to 50%.
  • By creating utilization standards for operating in congested midtown Manhattan, there would be more service available in the boroughs, not less. 

Myth: Most Uber and taxi drivers are young local employees looking to supplement existing income with a part-time gig.

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, drivers are not mainly young people trying to pick up some extra cash on the side. Over 90% are immigrant men, half with children and families to support. Most of these drivers have to work full-time to pay for their vehicle costs. An estimated 80% of the drivers acquired their vehicles specifically to enter the ride industry; they would risk losing their investment if they switched to another industry. Of these drivers, 40% of drivers qualify for Medicaid, and almost 20% receive food stamps. Source.

 

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In The News

  • “Some critics worry that a cap will make it hard to get an Uber or Lyft. But there are thousands of underused taxis and, outside Manhattan, green cabs that badly need more business. Moreover, my research shows that ride-hail vehicles spend a wasteful 40% of their time vacant, between trips, in dense Manhattan traffic. There are plenty of empty seats to fill growing demand.” — Bruce Schaller, Former Traffic Commission NYCDOT
     

  • “Experts have largely found the promised benefits of ride-hailing services—lower vehicle ownership, less congestion, more efficient transportation—have not come to fruition, especially in New York.” — Gothamist
     

  • “Used properly, the driver-income rules can and should make the apps themselves find the equilibrium on the number of cars, while also setting the right balance between Manhattan and borough services.”Daily News