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In a victory for app-based car hailing services like Uber, the Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved a proposal that will allow companies to update their apps without approval from the TLC, the Associated Press reports. The initial proposal was to require submission to and approval from the TLC before any software update could be […]

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Adding more ammo to the growing fight against Uber in New York, just over 50% of the cars the Taxi & Limousine Commission seized in a crackdown on illegal rides were affiliated with the app service. The New York Daily News reports that out of 938 cars towed off the street and at the airport […]

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The yellow taxi industry is in full-on “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” mode, trying to slow down the Uber juggernaut. At the behest of taxi industry financiers, state Supreme Court justice Denis Butler has ordered City of New York lawyers to appear before him and argue why the court should not […]

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Mayor de Blasio is in California this week trying to raise funds from tech industry bigwigs, but nefarious cab company Uber is trying to sabotage his efforts because he won’t let it do whatever it wants. Crain’s reports that due to de Blasio’s support of Taxi and Limousine Commission’s recommendation that car-hailing apps be regulated, […]

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Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, writing for the Observer, describes a harrowing ride with a drunk Uber driver last week. Henriquez was at a party on the Upper West Side where she noticed a man getting very drunk. He left before her, and when the host called her an Uber about an hour later, she was shocked […]

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Police union leaders are not known for their strong grasp of reality. Here’s another one: Detectives Endowment Association President Michael Palladino complained during a Thursday press conference about Commissioner Bratton’s discipling of Detective Patrick Cherry, who was placed on modified duty after he was caught on video verbally abusing an Uber driver. According to DNAinfo, […]

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On Tuesday, video of a man who claimed to be a cop harassing an Uber driver went viral, drawing public outcry. The incident happened Monday on the West Side Highway, where the officer was recorded by the driver’s backseat passenger yelling things like “How long have you been in this country?” and “Who do you […]

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A Hank Schrader-looking plainclothes cop asked an Uber driver how long he’d been in the country as part of a vicious tirade during a traffic stop. According to passenger Sanjay Seth, who recorded the video, the officer began parallel parking without turning on his blinker; when the driver honked, the cop came over and unleashed […]

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Tech entrepreneur Minqi Jiang has a theory: in New York City, ambulances take too long to get to the scene. 9-1-1 calls run a relay, from call center to dispatcher to ambulance crew, and this inefficient chain costs lives. The median response time is 6.1 minutes, according to an Independent Budget Office study, but in […]

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The city is making it easier to become a cabbie. The New York Times reports that the Taxi & Limousine Commission has dropped a significant portion of the geography questions from its rigorous 80-question test, meaning that cabbies won’t know New York City’s streets as well as they once did, which was never that good. […]

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