With its dealings with the city government that Mayor Bill de Blasio described as an unwise course, Uber will soon be rejected by consumers, according to the mayor, who also warned that Uber cannot dictate the government.
De Blasio sought for removal of Uber’s cars off the streets in a bid to assess their impact on congestion, saying he does not debate with private corporations. Rather than engaging in a debate, which Uber initiated to address issues the mayor has with the international transportation network corporation, de Blasio prefers to ban Uber cars from the streets while the government is studying how services could affect congestion.
Supporting de Blasio’s proposal are taxi drivers— including representatives from local unions and civil activist such as Communities for Change—who held a rally on Monday near the City Hall. Among the complaints maintained by the rallyists was Uber’s misclassification of its drivers as contractors instead of employees.
Black Institute’s Executive Director Bertha Lewis was quoted by The Guardian, saying, “If Uber thinks it can exploit communities of color in New York City as part of some cynical marketing strategy, it can think again.”
“New Yorkers want real economic development, not a predatory business model that classifies full time employees as contractors to cheat them out of benefits,” Lewis continued.
Meanwhile, Uber pointed out the mayor’s proposed ban against the company is anchored on the mayor’s “loyalty to taxi companies,” which according to Uber were the first to initiate the idea, as reported by The Guardian.
To stage its protests against the ban, Uber released the “De Blasio” choice, which displayed a scenario where there were “fewer or no cars available nearby.” A TV ad was also released by Uber, accusing the mayor of tearing down 10,000 jobs with the proposed ban.
But the mayor contended the city is being flooded with “tens of thousands” of more cars which could overwhelm the city. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, stormed Twitter, criticizing the mayor.