UTA calling for 50 year ban on driverless cars to protect ridesharing jobs

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 11:39:47-05

One of the pulls to bring Uber upstate is the 13,000 jobs it will bring. But with driverless cars on the horizon, all those opportunities could be lost.

The Upstate Transportation Association is calling for a 50 year ban on driverless cars in New York as part of any proposed ridesharing legislation.

UTA President John Tomassi says creating this ban is the only way to ensure any upstate jobs created Uber are not immediately lost when the company switches to driverless vehicles.

"If you approve a ridesharing expansion without a ban on driverless cars, you will be stepping into an economic trap that turns new jobs into lost jobs - and New Yorkers will pay the price," Tomassi wrote in a letter New York State leaders.