Just recently, Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City concerning a rule limiting the amount of time ride-share drivers are allowed to spend in crowded areas of Manhattan in stand-by.
By August 2020, Uber and Lyft are obliged to reduce the amount of time drivers spend without passengers in the car from 41 percent to 31 percent.
As CNBC reports, in the suit, Uber alleges that the new rules affected its business:
“While reducing congestion in Manhattan is an important goal…. [the rule] is the product of a rushed and unlawful process, including reliance on flawed and arbitrary economic modeling, which was designed to arrive at a predetermined result that is likely not even feasible,” the suit reads, according to the New York Post.
Authorized by 2018 legislation, the rule approved by the city council also benefits from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support, which spokesman said that New Yorkers would be protected “against a company that seeks to put profit first, and the people and drivers they serve last.”
Uber, on the other side, said that “the rule would threaten the viability of the ridesharing model as it currently exists, jeopardizing the benefits this model has created for riders and drivers,”