Dec 23, 2019

Judge strikes down NYC limit on ride-hailing "cruising"

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A New York state judge ruled in Uber's favor on Monday in a lawsuit it filed against New York City over a rule that limits how much time drivers can spend "cruising"— driving around while waiting to get a ride request, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The rule is part of a package the city passed last year, and since extended, that also limits the number vehicles ride-hailing companies can have and sets minimum earnings for drivers. Ride-hailing companies have challenged the laws, though last month a judge dismissed Uber's lawsuit over the vehicle cap.

From Uber:

"We are pleased that the Court recognized that Mayor de Blasio's cruising cap is arbitrary. Uber remains committed to fighting for driver flexibility in the face of politically motivated regulations and to stand up for policies that actually combat congestion."

Background: Ride-hailing companies have been battling NYC over ride-hailing regulations for years that the city says aim to reduce congestion and improve conditions for drivers. In 2015, Mayor de Blasio attempted to pass a vehicle cap in 2015, but dropped the plan after heavy pushback.

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Uber rolls out changes to California ride-hailing in wake of new law

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Uber is rolling out a number of changes to its ride-hailing service in California due to a new state law with stricter requirements to classify a worker as an independent contractor, according to a new customer email.

Why it matters: Uber has said it doesn't believe the law will force it to reclassify drivers because its core business is technology, not transportation, but it's unsurprising the company is taking steps to give (in practice and appearance) more autonomy to its drivers to protect itself.

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Uber to stop operating in Colombia following court order

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Uber will halt its operations in Colombia at the end of the month, after a judge found the transportation company violated the country's competition rules, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Uber is likely to look for ways to get back into Columbia, though this comes as a blow to a business that is trying to show investors it can turn a profit and continue growing, especially in regions like Latin America. Uber called the decision "arbitrary" in a statement, and said it violated its right to due process, per Reuters.

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Uber's chief of scooters, bikes to depart

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Rachel Holt, a longtime Uber executive who joined the ride-hailing company in 2011, is leaving Uber to launch a venture capital firm called Construct Capital, according to an internal memo Axios has obtained.

Why it matters: Holt, who started her time at Uber heading its Washington, D.C. operations, was promoted in 2018 to head what it calls "New Mobility," the division that includes bikes, scooters, and public transit partnerships.