Uber Says NYC License Cap Hinges on Bogus Traffic Data

Contesting a limit on how many ride-share car licenses it gets in the Big Apple, Uber claims in court that New York City is blaming it for traffic-congestion problems, without supporting data.

Uber brought the lawsuit Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court with attorneys from the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

Accusing the city of adopting a “ban first, study later” approach, the 50-page complaint takes aim at Local Law 147, which imposes a one-year ban on the issuance of for-hire vehicle licenses, followed by future caps as deemed necessary by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Uber says that the one-year cap oversteps the city council’s statutory power under New York state law, which grants cities the power to cap taxicabs but not app-based or other types of for-hire vehicle.