Friday, August 10, 2018

Could Uber regulations hurt black riders?

New York City's new regulations limiting the number of ride sharing cars on the road is supposed to help the Big Apple's taxi industry. But in a story I reported for Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM 155, I learned that some black passengers fear a cut in the number of Uber and Lyft cars could mean a return of discrimination against African Americans.

The ride share services are so popular in New York City that they're cutting into the profits of yellow cab drivers. But Scheron Williams is one regular black user of ride share who fears she'll now have trouble getting where she wants to go.

"It wasn't that  long ago when we could not catch a taxi as a black person," Williams says.

"Drivers that were normally Indian or whatever, some darker than me, would not stop for me, would pass me by to pick up a white person.

"Then Uber came along and all I had to do was touch a button - an app on my phone - and suddenly I had my taxi."

The city says it is also imposing the limit because there are so many ride share cars they are contributing to gridlock.

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