Blog: Taxis & the Law
Posted: Nov 10, 2014

NY AG wants Livery Drivers to be Free

According to BuzzFeed, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is weighing in against a newly-proposed rule that would require livery cab drivers to affiliate with one base and one base only. Schneiderman has written a letter to the TLC saying hat the proposed rules, as written, would unfairly limit competition. “From a competitive standpoint, these […]

Nov 10, 2014 | Filed under: bases, Blog, livery, Lyft, Scheneiderman, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Oct 23, 2014

New York appeals Court has given taxi owners permission to bring their challenge to the Taxi of Tomorrow program

A mid-level New York appeals Court has given taxi owners permission to bring their challenge to the Taxi of Tomorrow program to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. The ToT would require most cab owners to purchase a taxi made by Nissan Motor Co. Traditionally, a taxi owner could use any car that met […]

Oct 23, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Court of Appeals, legal challenge, New York, taxi of tomorrow by Adam Lingle
Posted: Sep 15, 2014

Uber Sued in S.F. over Driver Tips

A federal judge denied Uber’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Uber of pocketing most of the 20% gratuities that the company says it is collecting for drivers. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said Uber must face multiple civil counts, including an allegation the company violated California’s unfair competition laws.The case is Caren […]

Sep 15, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, gratuities, lawsuit, tips, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

Taxi Legal Mashup in Milwaukee

A lawsuit in Milwaukee combines a host of taxi-related issues, with taxi companies suing the City of Milwaukee over a new ordinance that clears the way for app-based services like Uber and the Institute for Justice taking the City’s side, saying that the existing taxi system, predicated on licenses and medallions is a restraint of […]

Aug 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, due process, equal protection, lawsuit, Milwaukee, taxi permits by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jul 23, 2014

Lyft Drops Its Threat to Enter the New York Market

There has certainly been a lot of talk about taxi apps on smartphones, and with that talk there is much confusion.  An app is just a way of hailing a vehicle. The real question is what vehicle is being hailed and who is driving it. Some apps hails cars licensed as taxi driven by licensed […]

Jul 23, 2014 | Filed under: apps, Blog, license, Lyft, New York, taxis, TLC, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jul 23, 2014

Oops! — TLC seizes hundreds of cars in error

The Taxi and Limousine Commission seizes more than 9000 cars per year– all without a hearing and without a warrant. The TLC will give the car back to those who quickly plead guilty and pay $600. If you want to plead not guilty, you can get your car back if you pay $2000. Now it […]

Jul 23, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, car seizures, fouth amendment, inspectors, Taxi Stories, TLC, warrant by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jun 26, 2014

Two takes on Uber

Two recent articles about Uber suggest that the car service and others like it might destroy the taxi driving profession, with one stating plainly that that would be a good thing. In “Will Uber Destroy the Driving Profession?” New Yorker writer Eric Goldwyn suggests that Uber’s employment of “semi-professional drivers” may ultimately force traditional taxis out […]

Jun 26, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Desai, drivers, Labor, regulators, taxi apps, taxis, Uber by Adam Lingle
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 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
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