Doug Schifter was waging a campaign to stop Uber from taking the livelihoods of black car drivers until he killed himself.
Ground transportation services lose a round in court and abandon their case to be exempt from the rules and costs.
25% of for-hire vehicles dispatched would have to be accessible by 2022.
New York drivers have amplified calls for government regulation to reduce competition to boost their wages.
Before shooting himself in front of city hall, the driver claimed politicians and regulators are destroying the for-hire livery industry.
Livery cabs, limos, Uber, and Lyft combat a Taxi and Limousine Commission accessibility mandate.
The New York driver got outsmarted by a member of the Taxi and Limousine Commission who was riding in his backseat.
Abdul Reshad Fedha had multiple license suspensions and is reported to have had a “dead” left arm from a past suicide attempt.
Recently, Uber acquired a livery car company called Abatar in the hopes of being able to compete in that sector, too.
It remains unclear if Uber provided the trip data, as requested in October by the New York Taxi and Limousine Comission.
Firsthand Report: The NYC Transportation Committee hears wide-ranging comments and questions from FHV and TNC parties.
If the City Council passes the bill, it would go into effect after 90 days and bypass the Taxi Limousine Commission.
The Black Car Fund has been working to get the 8% tax repealed -- for all forms of ground transportation.
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