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Ride-hailing car with Uber and Lyft stickers in NYC. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Uber has filed legal action against the city of New York over a law it passed last year capping the number of ride-hailing cars allowed on its street, fearing the city may make permanent the initial 12-month pause, according to court documents.

The big picture: Ride-hailing companies have aggressively pushed back against regulations. In 2015, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to impose a cap, but dropped the plan after pushback from the companies (namely, Uber which created a publicity stunt in its mobile app as protest).

  • Uber's lawsuit stems from the mayor's comments three weeks ago on a radio show, during which he said that he wants to make the vehicle cap permanent instead of the agreed-upon 12 months to conduct a study of ride-hailing's impact on street congestion.
  • The law was passed in August 2018 as part of a package that included a minimum wage for drivers. Ride-hailing companies Lyft and Juno recently filed lawsuits against the city over the pay requirements, while Uber says it's supportive of the rule.

From an Uber spokesperson:

"The City Council’s new law guarantees a living wage for drivers, and the administration should not have blocked New Yorkers from taking advantage of it by imposing a cap. We agree that fighting congestion is a priority, which is why we support the state's vision for congestion pricing, the only evidence-based plan to reduce traffic and fund mass transit."

Go deeper: NYC votes to cap ride-hailing cars and set minimum driver wage

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New wave of strikes will test worker power

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 hours ago - Technology

The smart city comes of age

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Better sensors, more intelligent AI, and the coming wave of 5G wireless could finally fulfill the promise of the smart city.

Why it matters: How we organize, run and power our cities will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as urbanization expands and the damaging effects of climate change compound.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
11 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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