“Electronic Hail” Drives Uber Debate In NYC

November 05, 2015 at 6:24 pm

In New York City, the popular app Uber has drawn criticism over the past year from yellow cab medallion owners and drivers, who argue that the rideshare service violates the yellow cabs’ exclusive right to pick up street hails under New York state law. Both medallion prices and yellow cab pick-ups have seen decreases over the past year.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also took aim at Uber this summer, claiming that Uber has contributed to the increase of cars and traffic. The mayor tried (and failed) to impose a cap on the number of Uber cars in the city and has also criticized the lack of wheelchair accessibility in Uber vehicles.

Uber fought back against the cap, pointing to other factors contributing to congestion and arguing that its drivers are serving outer boroughs in a way that yellow cabs have failed. Launched in San Francisco in 2010, Uber reports that it has 1.1 million active drivers around the world and that more than 350,000 New Yorkers have downloaded the mobile phone app.

New York Daily News Reporter Dan Rivoli sits down with MetroFocus to explain the turf war between the taxi industry, the city, and Uber.

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