Ride-hailing services are making traffic woes worse

Apr 09, 2018, 8:02 AM EDT
(Source: Kevin Coles/flickr)
(Source: Kevin Coles/flickr)

It seems as if the entry of ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, in our daily lives is a wrong turn. A study by transport expert Bruce Schaller reveals that these internet-powered services have actually clogged roads with more vehicles in New York and slowed down the moving traffic by 20 percent in busy areas compared to speeds five years back.

Ride-sharing drivers are worsening the menace of congestion as people, in a snap, look to ditch “hassles” of public transport in favor of cruising in a cab, notes the BBC.

While ride-sharing firms are also the losers on congested roads, a policy intervention to regulate the plays is the need of the hour.