Lyft drivers in Manhattan are being forced to take Lyft rides for the foreseeable future after the ride-hailing company’s new driver license law was struck down by the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Lyft’s new licensing law, which went into effect on July 1, requires drivers to get a license, a driver’s license or an equivalent permit, which the company says is necessary to operate in New York City.
Lyft said the requirement is necessary because it is “unreasonably burdensome and burdensome for some of its drivers to comply with all of the state licensing requirements,” according to a statement.
However, drivers in the Bronx and Staten Island can’t apply for a license or permit and can only get a one-day ride if they get a ride in a Lyft vehicle.
Lyft has appealed the court decision, but the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the matter.
Lyft drivers are currently waiting to find out whether the new licensing requirement will go into effect in the coming weeks, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is representing Lyft.
“We’re going to have to make sure that Lyft drivers who want to be eligible to drive for Lyft are eligible,” he said.
Uber drivers in New Jersey are also waiting to see if their driver license requirement will take effect, according the state’s attorney general.
“Uber has been working diligently to make this a seamless transition for New Jersey drivers,” he told NJ Advance Media.
“While we are disappointed that the Court of Appeals has overturned the NYC licensing requirement, we remain hopeful that New Jersey will quickly adopt this law and become the first jurisdiction to do so.”
Uber’s New Jersey license requirement is also one of a handful that has been challenged in court.
Uber argued that the requirement was necessary to protect the safety of its riders, who were already protected under state law.
The company also argued that it was necessary because the new law required drivers to obtain a license before they could start driving.
Uber also argued the law could be used by state officials to prosecute drivers.
In March, the New York Court of Appeal overturned the state license requirement, ruling that it is not “necessary” for Uber drivers to be licensed.
Uber has appealed that ruling, but Uber’s appeal is still pending in the state courts.
Uber currently operates in 21 states and Washington, D.C. The New York court ruling will likely set the stage for Uber’s license requirements to expand across the nation, according Uber.
“If the Court upholds this ruling and permits Uber to continue operating in New Zealand, the law will also be used to enforce its licensing requirements in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona,” Uber wrote in a statement to NBC New York.
“These states will continue to continue to provide safe and affordable rides, and Uber is excited to continue working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to address this issue in the near future.”