Uber announced it will list New York City taxis on its app saying the deal is “bigger and bolder than anything” the company has done.
The New York City alliance is Uber’s first citywide partnership in the United States. New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s partners will integrate their taxi-hailing apps’ software with Uber’s.
Commuters will soon be able to hail yellow city cabs through Uber’s app, with roughly the same fare as a metered taxi ride. Uber and its taxi partners will both receive a cut of the fare.
The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance said that the deal will shortchange yellow cab drivers by 15 percent compared to their earnings on the meter. The NYCTW proposed that the deal has to pay yellow cab drivers the metered rate to prevent underpayment. NYCTW added that Uber and its taxi partners need to enter a Just Cause protection to secure the drivers’ jobs.
Uber said that taxi drivers who agree to take Uber passengers will receive the same rate as Uber drivers, which is more than the rate the Taxi and Limousine Commission has set. Cab drivers will also be able to see their expected earnings before a trip and will be able to decline rides, said Uber.
NYCTW expressed that Uber’s payment structure is broken and should not be put together on the backs of yellow cab drivers.
Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s global mobility chief, said that the company aims to list all taxis in the world. Despite being ambitious, Macdonald said the plan is possible.
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