Can’t get a ‘brake’: NYC taxi drivers fume over plan to lift ride-share cap adding more Uber and Lyft vehicles to city streets

New York City’s taxi drivers have had a bumpy ride the last several weeks.

After the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) abruptly lifted a cap last month on the number of electric Uber and Lyft vehicles on its streets, drivers with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) gathered Wednesday to protest a policy that the union drivers say will drive down their bottom line.

“The [TLC’s] plan to oversaturate the streets with new vehicles is going to be disastrous,” said NYTWA Executive Director Bhairavi Desai.

The Alliance has argued that the city’s decision last month to lift the cap on TLC license plates for electric vehicles would flood the roads with an “unlimited” number ride-share drivers in a move that would end up hurting both the Uber and Lyft drivers as well as yellow taxi drivers it represents.