Uber just threw down the gauntlet to New York City`s mayor
July 21, 2015, 10:27 am
Uber has an offer for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: Let`s talk. In a letter to de Blasio, Uber NYC General Manager Josh Mohrer suggested the two have a public debate that could help the sides resolve some disputes about the city`s policies toward the richly valued ride-hailing service. “When your proposal to cap Uber was introduced, your administration said it was about congestion. The op-ed you wrote in the New York Daily News this weekend was about everything but congestion," Mohrer said. "If you have new concerns, we want to discuss them, face-to-face, and invite you to do so in a live-streamed conversation so all New Yorkers can watch." De Blasio and the city council have proposed a freeze on growth for for-hire vehicle companies, including Uber and Lyft. The city is conducting a study about congestion, traffic, and pollution, which it says Uber may be contributing to. If it were to become a law, the measure could stunt Uber`s growth in New York. This could significantly hurt the company as New York is one of the company`s largest and most mature markets and the company is generating hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue there. Under the proposed bill, for-hire vehicle companies that have bases with 500 cars or more — which includes Uber — would only be able to increase their number of vehicles by 1% every year. For Uber, this would mean adding just 201 new drivers for the next year. In a city where Uber says it`s adding 25,000 new users every week, it`s easy to see how this could affect Uber. The new bill could come to a vote as soon as this week. It is perhaps not a coincidence that Uber sent out the letter minutes before an unrelated press conference de Blasio hosted. The mayor was then asked about the invitation to debate with Uber. His reply, according to the New York Times` Matt Flegenheimer: "I don’t debate with private corporations." Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-just-threw-down-the-gauntlet-to-new-york-citys-mayor-2015-7#ixzz3gVpqHxsm

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