Blog: Taxis & the Law
Posted: Jun 20, 2014

TLC Inspectors Cry Foul about TLC Car Seizures

The TLC seizes more than 9000 private cars annually, but apparently that’s not enough. According to an article in the New York Post. “TLC chiefs are threatening inspectors with summons quotas and other stiff punishments if they don’t take enough illegal cabs off the road.” The Post also says it has roll-call recordings to back […]

Jun 20, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, cars, inspectors, search and seizure, seizures, TLC by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 20, 2014

Uber $3 billion, but how much uber?

Early this month, taxi hailing app Uber completed its latest round of funding and was said to have a valuation of $17 billion. Following that news, New York Times business columnist Andrew Sorkin suggested that the $17 billion figure might be too low, that Uber could be worth more. Sorkin’s take can be summarized: Think […]

Jun 20, 2014 | Filed under: apps, Blog, Damodaran, global, Hailo, Lyft, market share, Medallion Financial, Sorkin, taxicabs, taxis, Uber, venture capital by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 13, 2014

Canceling Tomorrow Could Cost Big Bucks

Mayor Bill de Blasio has he indicated he might cancel the Taxi of Tomorrow program even if the city continues to prevail in court. But doing so could cost the city as much as $100 million, according to a capitalnewyork.com reportFollowing a lengthy competition, in 2011 Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to give Nissan near-exclusive rights […]

Jun 13, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, De Blasio, Nissan, NV200, taxi of tomorrow, taxis, wheelchair accessible by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 12, 2014

Race-Based Seizure?

In another seizure gone awry, TLC inspectors ticketed a black man as an illegal cabbie after spotting him drop off a white passenger. That passenger turned out to be his wife, leading to a lawsuit in a Queens county court, according reports in the Daily News. and in DNAinfo.The Queens couple, Dan Keys Jr., 66, and Symone Palermo, […]

Jun 12, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, cancer patients, Dan Ackman, fine, impound, interracial couple, lawsuit, seizure, Taxi Stories, TLC, TLC inspectors by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 10, 2014

Taxi of Tomorrow Held Legal

The so-called Taxi of Tomorrow got a legal green light from an intermediate state appeals court today, reversing an earlier trial court decision.   Read the appeals court decision here.   According to BloombergBusinessweek report, the Appellate Division ruled that the Taxi of Tomorrow program is a “legally appropriate response to the agency’s statutory obligation to […]

Jun 10, 2014 | Filed under: appellate division, Blog, Bloomberg, De Blasio, Nissan, NYC, taxi of tomorrow, Taxi Stories, TLC by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 09, 2014

TLC Car Seizures Run Amok

Former TLC Chairman David Yassky often bragged about the ever-increasing number of cars his agency was seizing as unlicensed taxis, sometimes more than 1000 per month. Indeed, the limiting factor was said not to be the number of unlicensed cabs on the streets, but the space to store seized vehicles. Last week, though, a TLC inspector […]

Jun 09, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, fine, forfeit, impound, seizure, TLC, TLC inspectors by Adam Lingle
Posted: May 29, 2014

London High Court to decide Uber dispute

The battle over taxi apps has gone international, with disputes flaring up in England and France as well as all over the U.S.  Even the regulators don’t know what to do and in London, the transport authority has kicked the can to the British High Court.  According to an item in Gigom: London’s transport authority […]

May 29, 2014 | Filed under: apps, Blog, high court, law, litigation, London, taxis, The Knowledge by Adam Lingle
Posted: May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Statharos v. New York City Taxi & Limousine Comm’n

The 1999 case, Statharos v. New York CityTaxi & Limousine Comm’n, 198 F.3d 317 (2d Cir. 1999), is perhaps the high water mark for TLC regulations of the taxi industry and the the court’s deference to that regulation.  The Statharos case came in the wake of the Giuliani-era New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s […]

May 22, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, delegation, Giuliani, Statharos, taxi regulation, TLC authority by Adam Lingle
Posted: Oct 10, 2013

Taxi of Tomorrow remains (at least) a day away

As has been widely noted by now, the TLC’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” regulation has been invalidated by a New York State Supreme Court justice with the improbable name of Shlomo Hagler. Article on the ruling are here, here, and here. The case is called Greater New York Taxi Ass’n, et al. v. New York City Taxi and Limousine […]

Oct 10, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, Bloomberg, Nissan, Shlomo Hagler, taxi of tomorrow, Taxi Stories, TLC by Adam Lingle
Posted: Sep 28, 2013

Are Green Cabs game changers? Depends if anyone wants to drive them.

The Times has touted the green cab often enough, as have others such as this piece from something called the New York Business Journal.  According to the Times, the TLC says 200 such cabs are on the road, which is a far cry from the 18,000 planned. I have heard scuttlebutt that the drivers are […]

Sep 28, 2013 | Filed under: Blog, green taxis, livery cabs, outer boroughs by Adam Lingle
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