Uber is suing New York City over rule aimed to reduce traffic congestion

Regulation drafted in August would limit a cab or Uber's time without passengers at 31 per cent of total time on roads

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Uber is suing the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission over a new regulation intended to reduce traffic congestion, saying the rule is arbitrary and can’t be achieved.

The suit, which seeks to nullify the rule passed August 7, was filed in New York state court in Manhattan, and reported on late September.

One part of the new regulation places a 31-per-cent cap on the amount of time that for-hire vehicles can spend on the road without passengers, while another provision bars the issuance of more for-hire vehicle licenses until August 2020.

“While reducing congestion in Manhattan is an important goal – and one Uber has publicly and vocally supported – the August 2019 rule is the product of a rushed and unlawful process, including reliance on flawed and arbitrary economic modeling,” Uber said in the filing.

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