New York, NJ to ban hourly car rentals, Airbnb, Uber and Lyft
New York City has plans to ban drivers and contractors from using hourly car rides, taxis, or vans to rent cars and provide services.
The plan is part of a citywide effort to encourage more residents to own cars, according to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
“Today, New Yorkers are realizing the importance of owning and driving their own vehicles,” the statement said.
City officials said the measure, which goes into effect July 1, will help protect against theft and help keep the city safe.
In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the city was one of the first to impose a moratorium on the practice, the mayor’s office said.
The plan will allow city residents to rent their own cars and hire their own drivers and private contractors.
It will not apply to vehicles used by the city’s taxi fleet.
The mayor’s announcement came after the city launched a crackdown on private taxi companies last month.
Uber and Airbnb, for example, have been accused of running illegal businesses.
Uber and Airbnb said they would voluntarily end the practice and were considering a voluntary moratorium.
At least two of the three companies have suspended their operations in New York.
Airbnb, however, has not yet made a formal announcement.