After being ongoing for a couple of years up to this point, the New York City conflict between horse carriages and City Hall is finally over.
Horse-pulled carriages have always been a rather big attraction for tourists visiting New York City, but due to several complaints from animal rights activists and other parties, they were deemed nonviable. Because of this, the number of carriages has been reduced by almost a half, marked at 110 vehicles in comparison to the former 180.
Besides the reduced number of carriages, they will also be constrained to Central Park only, removing them from the streets in order to create a more effective traffic flow. By October 2018, all privately-held horse stables will be effectively shut down as well.
According to some sources, pedicabs will also suffer from a change in regulations. They will no longer be permitted to provide their services in Central Park in the southern region near the 85th Street Transverse.
The mayor of NYC has been attempting to completely ban horse carriages from the start of his electoral campaign, being backed financially by a company which had the aforementioned goal in mind. But due to the public outcry, as well as the impact this decision would have had on the tourism industry, the mayor was only able to limit horse-carriages’ access, as well as their number.
Mayor De Blasio claimed that tourism would not be affected by a complete ban if carriages would be replaced by old-fashioned electric cars. But this theory will not be applicable considering that his goal of shutting down every horse-carriage provider was not achieved.
In order to limit carriage transportation only on Central Park grounds, a stable will be built in the following years. This will allow horses to be confined right beside their “workplace” with a technologically-improved environment, the stable being a high-end facility. Horse working hours will also be dropped to 9 per day, with the animals being left to roam free in their spare time on the city’s outskirts.
Because the demand for horse carriages will remain more or less the same, the agreement between city hall and service providers states that the latter party will be allowed to hike fare prices. But this will be limited to only certain periods, like the Winter holiday season and Valentine’s Day, when couples often choose to ride in a horse-pulled carriage.
Even if the New York City conflict between horse carriages and City Hall is finally over, the agreement still has to be approved by the City Council. But chances are almost 0 in regards to this deal being made void and null.