Taxi and Limousine Commission
On Valentine's Day, members of the livery car industry filed suit against New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission, charging that the Bloomberg administration had violated the law when it approved a one-year taxi app pilot program that would allow smartphone users to hail cabs by tapping their iPhones and Androids.(3)
Today, New York City's taxi commission voted to approve a one-year taxi app pilot that will allow New Yorkers to, for the first time, hail cabs by smartphone.
Today, a city commission voted to permanently do away with new York City's befuddling taxi rooftop light system.
In one small sign that New York City is returning to normalcy, starting at midnight, New York City cab drivers will no longer be able to pick up multiple rides.
Today, at 11:47 a.m., just hours before the New York is to bear the full brunt of the worst storm in recent history, the city released controversial new rules about taxi apps.
“I haven’t read a good John Grisham novel in a while, so it fills that void,” said Taxi and Limousine commissioner David Yassky this morning, of medallion owners' latest effort to challenge his oversight of the industry in court.(3)
The Bloomberg administration is taking on many cyclists' worst fear: getting "doored."(1)
Smartphone taxi apps are poised to flood the market, perhaps forever changing how taxi drivers find passengers, and how passengers find rides. But what about people who are either too poor, or too Luddite, for smartphones?
Sloughing off industry concerns, New York City's taxi commission announced today that it plans to take steps to allow taxi-hailing apps in the city.
Apart from those who proposed it, designed it, and made it, nearly everyone who testified at a Thursday hearing on the Taxi of Tomorrow had only bad things to say about it.
This afternoon, the Bloomberg administration announced it would begin addressing an issue that has bedeviled members of the taxi and livery industry: what to do about taxi apps?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to bring taxi service to the outer boroughs took a severe beating Friday afternoon, when Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron issued an opinion declaring the mayor's hard-won borough taxi law "null and void," citing, among other things, the administration's failure to first attain City Council approval before repairing to Albany.
"The City is up to the task of regulating its own taxicabs," wrote Engoron.(1)
In March, New York City announced it was looking for a new app, one that would allow taxi riders to pay their fares by smartphone, find people to share rides with, and maybe even alert passengers to available cabs.
GetTaxi, an company whose app is already functional in Israel, London and Moscow, is vying for the franchise, and this afternoon, it revealed some of the details of its bid to reporters.(1)
London is introducing a Nissan taxi to city streets that in most ways closely resembles New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow": it has a transparent rooftop, rear lights and temperature controls for passengers, sliding doors.
But in one fundamental way the two taxis, both Nissan NV-200s, diverge: In London, all of them will be wheelchair-accessible. In New York, none of them will.
Taxi Magic is a smartphone app that helps people find available taxis and which, last month, facilitated 1.2 million rides across the country. None of those rides took place in New York City. None of those rides took place in New York City.(1)