NYC Lifts Ban on Cab Hailing App "E-Hail," Livery Cabs Can Now Pick Up Street Hails
June 7, 2013 10:50 AM
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in favor of both court wins
New York City cabs will see some changes thanks to two recent court rulings.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city administration won two major cab-related cases yesterday: New York City livery cab drivers can now pick up street hails in the city’s four outer boroughs and northern Manhattan, and a temporary
restraining order from e-hail
The first ruling, which was made by the state’s highest court, stems from a complaint in 2012 from the yellow taxi industry and taxi lending agencies. They claimed that allowing livery cabs (which are the unmarked cars that require pre-arranged calls for service instead of street hailing) to pick up street hails was unconstitutional.
However, the Court of Appeals in Albany ruled against these claims in a 22-page report.
The second ruling, which was made by the Appellate Division’s First Department, lifted a temporary restraining order from a cab service called e-hail. E-hail allows customers to use an app on their smartphones to hail a cab instead of standing out in the street waiving their hand.
This case stemmed from a complaint from the livery cab industry, which asked the court to issue an temporary restraining order on the e-hail pilot program. According to the livery cabs, taxis are restricted to hails while the livery cabs are restricted to pre-arranged services, and it said
the smartphone app
treaded on the livery's pre-arranged side of the business model.
But this restraining order has been lifted, as NYC argued that the smartphone app doesn't count as a pre-arranged service; it's just a different way of hailing a cab.
Mayor Bloomberg was happy with both outcomes.
“For the first time in modern memory, the other four boroughs of NYC will have taxi service. There has not been the kind of outcry there should have been,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
NYC's cabs have seen a lot of changes during Mayor Bloomberg's time in office. For instance, Bloomberg set a goal in 2007 to make 13,000 of NYC's taxi's hybrids by 2012 in a project called the "Taxi of Tomorrow." The
was named the hybrid "Taxi of Tomorrow."
In April of this year, Nissan and Mayor Bloomberg announced a new partnership that will launch an electric vehicle taxi pilot in NYC, where Nissan and New York City plan to put
six electric Leaf taxis into service starting this spring
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6/7/2013 12:04:57 PM
while i know very little about taxis and their business culture, it makes sense to me that with gps and internet in everyone's pockets, these two types of taxis services should converge into one.
you don't have to reserve a day in advance anymore because there's no communication-traveling time. and you don't have to hail cabs with arm waiving and loud noises because everyone's on the internet and has gps.
6/7/2013 1:42:28 PM
The difference in New York, though, is that pre-arranged cabs don't have to pay the six figure cost of a medallion that allows them to do hailed pickups. Basically, this is New York politics slowly eating away at the Livery Business so they can get more exorbitant fees for letting people drive taxis.
6/7/2013 7:13:49 PM
It seems competition is a good thing,I think, at least for the customer...
Medallion makes sense if the city provides a specific infrastructure for medallion owners as exclusive park area, fast lanes, standards, etc. Other than that it's government approved monopoly.
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