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Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap.

Kazi Arefin braved lines and crowds to register his car for Uber because he was tired of making money for other people. The 27-year-old Brooklynite has been driving for Uber and Lyft for two years but got tired of renting his car for $1,700 a month. “Of course it’s a better deal to get your...
Time: 23:21     Date: 14.08.2018
Metro News: Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap. NY Post 24 - US News

The 27-year-old Brooklynite has been driving for Uber and Lyft for two years but got tired of renting his car for $1,700 a month.

“Of course it’s a better deal to get your own car. The payment is less and then whatever I’m investing, it’s my property,” he said.

And he wasn’t the only one.

Arefin says car dealerships were doing gangbusters since the City Council passed the Uber cap last week, because drivers were scrambling to get their own cars and register them before the moratorium kicked off Tuesday.

He’d been planning buying a car for a while, but the looming cap accelerated his timeline.

“It was a difficult decision because it’s a lot of money to invest,” Arefin said.

Uber has said the cap will hurt customers, but Arefin said he supports the measure because he believes it will ease traffic congestion and “control the flow.”

Milady HernandezGabriella Bass

Milady Hernandez may be one of the city’s luckiest drivers.

She was the last person in Brooklyn on Tuesday allowed to register her car to drive for Uber before the city’s one-year freeze on permits went into effect at 5 p.m.

“Oh, my God, yes! What a relief!” she gushed after learning she had just barely scraped by under the deadline. “I thought the cutoff was last week, so I’m relieved it actually isn’t.”

The New Jersey resident, who works behind the counter at a Brooklyn hotel, said she rushed over to the Uber office as soon as her shift ended so she could get help registering her car as a for-hire vehicle with the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

A line stretched hundreds of feet from the building all day, and at about 3:20 p.m. she was the last person allowed to line up.

Hernandez plans to make some extra bank by picking up fares on her commutes in and out of the Big Apple.

“I work five days a week, and I’ll work with Uber in the morning and then on my days off from the hotel,” she said.

Sabriha KaziGabriella Bass

Sabriha Kazi is doubling down on Uber.

The 34-year-old single mother from Brooklyn registered her second vehicle with the city Tuesday for use as a for-hire vehicle.

Kazi started driving for Uber about four months ago and said she’s using her roughly $300-a-day haul to pay her way through nursing school and support her family.

She and an Uber-driver friend were sharing a car that she owns, but Kazi decided to take the plunge Monday and buy a second ride — a Toyata 4Runner — that she could use as a dedicated Uber vehicle while she and her pal continue to share the other car.

The doting mom said she likes working for e-hail services like Uber because it lets her build her work schedule around her family life.

“I work seven days, but sometimes I’ll take a break — break up a few and spend time with my kids,” she said. “The bills have to be paid. They don’t get paid on their own.”

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