Cab hailing with smartphone apps stalled with a lawsuit again in NYC, do you agree?

Cab hailing with smartphone apps stalled with a lawsuit again in NYC, do you agree?
Ride-share and taxi hailing apps are proliferating on the West Coast, but the East seems to have some issues letting these in, especially the established NYC cab guild.

The International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR), which has memberships spanning from New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston and San Francisco to Toronto and other major cities, came up with a set of rules aimed to reign in the services provided by those smartphone apps. The New York City ex-taxi commissioner Matthew Daus was leading the effort, and wants this basic set of regulations over the smartphone car-hire services that undermine the traditional taxi cab infrastructure to be accepted across major cities.

One of IATR's newly-minted rules is, for example, forbidding the use of the smartphone GPS radios to determine the fare, like, say, Uber is doing, as they say taxi meters are more accurate for measuring distance. Thus, in New York City you'd still be able to hail a cab with a smartphone app, but it has to be from one of the established yellow cab companies there, as per the new rules, as they'd have the required meters.

Even this effort, which was expected to go into effect last Friday, will take longer than expected, as on Thursday the livery cab drivers filed a lawsuit saying they will be disadvantaged, as they are the ones who only respond to pre-arranged pickups. Here's their argumentation:


The yellow cabs contract with the current payment processing company expires March 1 now, so the fight will be until then, as the Uber, HailO, FlyWheel and ZabKab smartphone apps have already submitted their papers, and are in testing. David Yassky, the chairman of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, used some pretty strong wording regarding the Thursday lawsuit aimed to stall the effort:


Take a look at the current crop of car-hire and sharing apps which have received a real boost in usage during the last year or two. Do you think the trend can be stopped, or should all cab companies just embrace the tech instead of fighting it?

Cab hailing with smartphone apps stalled with a lawsuit again in NYC, do you agree?

Yes, and I'd like the apps to offer only regulated companies, certified for pre-arranged pickups
30.17%
No, there's place under the sun for everyone, and traditional cab companies should jump on the apps bandwagon too
69.83%

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3 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

When youre in a big city like ny its kinda hard too find a cab. So i dont see wats the big deal here

3. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Do you even live in NY? I do and the only cabs I would ever get into are either taxis or local car service with their company plastered all over the car. I wouldn't trust anything else.

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

This app sounds like a good way for a serial killer to find thier next victim.

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