New York City saw an onslaught of registration applications just before it enacted a temporary cap on app-based rides like Uber and Lyft.
Under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, no new registrations will be granted for a year, except for wheelchair accessible vehicles.
The New York Post says the Taxi and Limousine Commission had received over 10,000 for-hire-vehicle registration requests in the two weeks since Aug. 1. That compares to 33,700 for all of last year.
Proponents say both the traditional yellow cab industry and app-based drivers have been suffering economically as for-hire cars flood increasingly congested streets.
Opponents say Uber and Lyft provide much-needed service to areas that are underserved by traditional taxis.