Tomorrow two important events will take place in New York City that could mean the end of Uber and Lyft as we know them. In the morning the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be meeting at 10:30 to vote on proposed rule changes regarding e hail driver apps. It may finally have dawned on the city's mayor deBlasio that driver apps cause distracted driving and distracted driving causes injuries and deaths as well as property damage. The changes would prohibit driving with more than one app. This one app would have to be engineered so as not to accept driver input while the car is in motion, except that the driver could accept a job with one touch only or with a voice command. The one app limit would force drivers to decide what company they drive for. It would crimp Uber's practice of poaching drivers who use Uber in addition to the app.of an established car service. Uber, backed by speculators, lures drivers into exclusive contracts with one time bonuses. The app would have to be attached to the car and would no longer give a driver turn by turn navigation directions, another advance for public safety. Uber has the support of Google, Facebook, and other tech giants who are threatening mayor deBlasio with a possible loss of jobs.
Also tomorrow a lawsuit against the City of New York, the mayor, the head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and the Attorney General of New York State opens up also at 10:30 in the morning. Lenders to taxi medallion owners say that these parties are permitting Uber drivers to unlawfully answer street hails. They are demanding that the law be enforced.
Tomorrow evening I should have the updates.