New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has given up the fight against Uber… for now. The Mayor has dropped his proposal to put a cap on the number of ride-sharing cars in the city, and will instead opt for a study of the company during a four month period, according to a report from The New York Times.
The original proposal was expected to be voted on by the City Council this Thursday. The Mayor’s office looked at this initiative as a way to curb the incredibly fast growth of Uber, and Lyft, and help decongest the city further. Instead NYC will conduct the aforementioned study of Uber and other ride-hailing services with no cap being put in place.
The sudden change of heart comes after a meeting between Uber and the Mayor’s office last Monday which yielded no real results. Uber kept on the offensive, buying up ads online and encouraging its customers to make their voices heard in favor of the company. Uber even recruited some celebrities to help out the cause. Apparently though, the ally the mattered the most, would end up being up in Albany.
In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo referred to Uber as “one of the great inventions of this new economy,” and added, “I don’t think government should be in the business of trying to restrict job growth.”
While this battle may have been won, the war between New York City, and Uber is far from over. It’ll be interesting to see how its study of the ride-sharing companies develops over those four months, and what actions they decide to take based on it.