NYC suspended new Uber and Lyft licenses for a year as a stop gap measure to taxi medallions losing tons of value, some cabbies committing suicide, and congestion concerns.
I had seen that Uber and Lyft had previously proposed giving $100 million to taxi cab medallions owners as they have totally disrupted the value of a medallion. The taxi medallion owners turned them down.
Wouldn't a better system to be to create virtual medallions for Uber and Lyft and other ride hailing companies and establish a market price for them?. That way if the city really is concerned about the number of cars on the street could limit them, then there would be a value to the virtual medallions, and the people who could best use it would use it. And it could be done so that someone could drive 4 hours for Uber, someone else could drive 2, etc as the medallion would be virtual.
The city if it wanted to compensate current medallion owners could use some of the money from these new medallions.
Part of the current problem is the medallions restricted how many cabs were allowed on the streets and created a monopoly for cab drivers. (I read there were less medallions today than in the 30s I think which is nuts). However for whatever reason they didn't restrict cars that weren't hailed on the street (Uber and Lyft) so they came in and with an app made it perhaps easier than hailing a cab on the street and the taxi medallions dropped in value. What's wrong with my proposal? If the city is going to require medallions for taxis, makes sense to require them for Uber/Lyft or just have an open system where it's a free for all but then the taxi medallions would be worthless.