New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) decided not to continue issuing new electric vehicle (EV) licenses for Uber and Lyft drivers, after releasing its February 2024 Pause Report. The decision came amid a legal confrontation with the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance (NYCTWA), along with the agency’s own analysis that there is “no current need for more FHV licenses.”

The NYCTWA initiated the legal dispute against the city’s Green Rides initiative, which seeks to transition the TLC’s entire app-hail fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. The NYCTWA argued the TLC lacked the authority to make such unilateral regulatory changes and was granted a temporary restraining order (TRO), halting the issuance of new EV licenses. Before the TRO took effect, over 7,500 EVs were added to the city’s app-hail fleet. This rapid expansion highlighted concerns about market saturation and its potential impact on the income of existing app-hail and yellow cab drivers. EVs now make up about 12% of the TLC’s total fleet.

Source: BNN

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