Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Wednesday it would drop its plan to impose new limits on Uber in the Big Apple — for now — amid backlash from celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Neil Patrick Harris and Kate Upton.
Harris, a resident of Harlem, took to Twitter on Wednesday urging the mayor to reconsider his stance on the popular car service, writing, “@BilldeBlasio: 25K new residents use @Uber_NYC each week. How is a fixed # of cars supposed to serve this demand for rides?”
Under de Blasio’s proposed plan, the app-based service would have been granted a restricted number of licenses to operate in New York City. Model-actress Upton — who finds Uber a more convenient alternative to traditional taxis — pointed out via Twitter that the car service helps those in outer boroughs find cabs more quickly and easily. “Why do you want to return to the days when only those in Midtown & Lower Manhattan could get a ride?” she posed to the mayor.
The 23-year old Sports Illustrated cover girl — who uses the car service everywhere she travels — was not paid for her support of the brand. Kutcher — who is also not a paid spokesperson but is an investor in the company — drew attention to the income Uber provides to many New Yorkers.
Kutcher added on Facebook, “This is the kind of corrupt shortsighted politics that is destroying innovation.”
Request for comment from de Blasio’s office was not immediately returned.