Syracuse, N.Y., taxi drivers expressed concerns with ride-hailing companies at a meeting with the Syracuse Common Council Airport & Transportation committee, according to the Daily Orange.
Taxi drivers reported shrinking operations as companies such as Uber and Lyft have taken 75% of the taxi market.
Drivers and owners also spoke about taxis facing heavier regulations than ride-hailing services, making taxis more costly to operate. Taxis are subject to annual background checks, inspections, and licenses that do not apply to companies like Uber and Lyft.
Speakers at the meeting requested that the council apply stricter regulations to ridesharing companies and ease current regulations for taxis. Council members responded that there was little the council could do because city laws could not override state laws.