Uber drivers in Australia go 2-hour strike

Uber drivers across the country are planning on logging off Monday morning to protest new changes to the rideshare service. Source GettyMore

Uber drivers across the country are planning on logging off Monday morning to protest new changes to the rideshare service. Source GettyMore

"We start to double the amount of vehicles we purchase".

It's all because the City Council is poised to vote on a proposal that would cap the number of those licenses for a year.

"You can't move in the city", Mr Singh said. If the legislation passes, Mayor Bill de Blasio has 30 days to either sign it into law or veto it. The regulations could set a precedent for other cities seeking to rein in Uber.

New York's growth cap and pay floor each would be the first in the United States, said Uber spokesman Jason Post. At a recent driver meeting after the council revived the idea, Ms Desai said: "It was the first real moment of hope that I've seen at any of our meetings in the last three years". Taxi medallions - the aluminum plates required for the roughly 13,500 yellow taxis in NY - once sold for more than US$1 million but are now worth less than US$200,000. "Congestion is worse now and there are so many for-hire vehicles on the road".

Mr de Blasio defended the cap Friday and argued that it was part of his broader efforts on income inequality.

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Also, people who live in the outer boroughs worry they will be left stranded. "That alone is a reason to call a time out and assess what's going on here". This Wednesday is a big day for all of them.

An Uber spokeswoman told AAP the company wanted successful driver-partners so it had invested in technology to encourage more riders to share tips about the best times and places to drive.

The group wants drivers to be allowed to opt out of UberPool without penalties and to be paid the equivalent of UberX base rates plus at least an extra 20% if they have to pick up more passengers at multiple stops. "Cabbie Group Action is important in winning back the losses that taxi drivers have suffered".

App-based companies Uber, Lyft Inc. and Via Transportation Inc. tried to head off the council vote with an offer to set up a $100 million fund to help debt-laden drivers who had borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy taxi medallion operating permits years ago.

The San Francisco-based company, which was founded in 2009 and operates in more than 600 cities worldwide, opposes any government-set cap on drivers, Post said.

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