Mayor de Blasio will not close a gap in insurance requirements that allows Uber and Lyft taxi drivers to have far less coverage when they are carrying passengers in New York City than anywhere else in the state.
Charging the for-hires for each passenger-minute in the Manhattan taxi zone is quintessential congestion pricing — and more effective against Manhattan congestion than the MTA’s one-size-fits-all FHV surcharge, our expert says.
Uber and Lyft taxis carrying passengers are allowed to carry dramatically less liability insurance in New York City than elsewhere in the state. This disparity leaves far less compensation for people injured by app-based taxis, a Streetsblog investigation found.
A state proposal that would allow gig workers, such as the city's delivery riders, to form unions and bargain for wages would also undercut recent City Council efforts to give far more rights to those workers, advocates say.