The taxi industry and Mayor Bill de Blasio were caught off guard last year when an administration proposal to cap the number of for-hire vehicles ran into an Uber-orchestrated public relations buzz saw. Determined not to be outgunned again, disability advocates, yellow-cab operators and others are planning their own campaign starting in June to press for regulatory “parity” between taxis and app-based ride-hail companies like Uber.
The organizers will also take a page from Uber’s book and seek to show that cab owners are not wealthy operators who want to stifle innovation to enrich themselves, but hard-working, largely immigrant New Yorkers—similar to the drivers Uber said would have been hurt by the mayor’s cap. Read more….
• New York’s yellow cab operators want a level playing field.