NYC begins to regulate ‘ride-sharing’
Such services as Uber allow people to use smartphone apps to book rides from drivers who use their own cars.
The drivers must obtain licenses that the local government aproved.
Strictly speaking, Uber is called “ride hailing” .(What we call “mis normal”)
Here, Uber contains ride-sharing service.
When “ride-sharing” services first appeared in the U.S., many people thought they would ease traffic congestion.
But now officials say the services have ended up putting more cars on the road.
The city’s mayor says
Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock.
The New York City Council has approved legislation to put a one-year freeze on new licenses. The legislation also requires the authorities to set minimum payments to the drivers.
During the one-year moratorium, the city government will study how to limit the number of such cars effectively.
The ride-sharing services have advantage of both "convenience" and “cost sharing”
On the other hand, they have disadvantage of both “traffic congestion" and “taxi drivers’ poverty” .
The internet and smart devices have opened up so many new possibilities.
For instance, Japan recently passed the law for people to rent their rooms to travelers through home sharing apps. They can rent rooms, but first they have to obtain the license that their local governments aproved.