By Jonathan Davies

There are now more Uber cars in New York City than traditional yellow taxis, figures show.

The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission said there were 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow cabs.

But the Commission said that the number of journeys made using yellow taxis far outweigh those using Uber, largely because many Uber drivers work part-time, compared to full-time taxi drivers.

Uber, which was launched in 2011, claims it can be the same price or cheaper than taxis, but it has received huge backlash from traditional taxi drivers who claim the company should be regulated in the same way they are.

"Uber having an unlimited number of cars means no drivers - taxi or black car and livery - will earn a decent living," said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

It has also received backlash over driving laws and the safety of some of its drivers.