Could the repression of Uber in New York reach Australia?


It is the last regulatory hole that creates a rugged road for the feeling of sharing the Uber trip.

The city council of New York is imposing a one-year moratorium on transportation licenses, and there are suggestions that Australian cities should do the same.

Those in support of the proposal said the growth of travel-sharing applications was significantly harming the city's iconic yellow cab industry, as random cars "flooded the streets."

"It will also send a message all over the world that cities can fight back and fight, and send a message about the determination of New York City: no big corporation will tell us what to do, it's not a big oil, not the big ones. pharmaceutical companies and certainly not Uber, "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio He said, as reported by Reuters.

Once synonymous with New York City, yellow taxis have been supplanted by an army of black cars that pick up passengers through Uber, Lyft and other applications.


The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission reports that only 80,000 vehicles of this type operate in the city this year, a big jump of 12,600 in 2015. However, the application-based service argues that charging more during the hour pico is a much better solution. reducing congestion

It is the final blow to the company, after London tried to ban the service in his city last year, which caused the Australian taxi industry to demand a review of their own license agreements.

While the London sanction was lifted earlier this year, the body of taxi drivers in Australia still requires limiting the number of drivers of shared vehicles and Uber in cities.

The Australian Association of the Taxi Industry has applauded the decision of the New York City Council, with its CEO Blair Davies saying it is simply a matter of "putting residents above the profits of giant companies like Uber."

"We encourage the Australian state governments to take a look at what happened in New York and London in terms of congestion and then to see what is happening in their own cities," he said.

Uber says it has 3.3 million users in Australia and about 72,000 drivers.

In 2016, the government of New South Wales introduced legislation to review outdated transport regulations for taxis, rent cars and share services in an effort to deregulate the industry and ensure a competitive market.


Australia's national taxi body is calling for regulations similar to New York.


The Australian Taxi Association says the nation can avoid more congestion by reviewing the road sharing policies now before "the problem becomes more difficult to fix" like in London and New York.

"You just have to take a look at our CDBs on Friday and Saturday nights: there is an influx of vehicles circling, hungry to find passengers and looking for opportunities," said Davies.

"Not only is it congesting our roads, but it also creates problems like double parking, detention in unsafe areas and access to taxis."

However, according to the New South Wales government, the number of vehicles entering and leaving the central business district of Sydney during peak hours has been reduced by 11 percent since 2015, due to increased absorption of public transport .