Posted: Apr 25, 2016

Uber Settlement– Tip Money for Drivers

Uber has pair of class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that had sought a judicial determination that its drivers are employees, not independent contractors, as the company has long insisted. The agreement, according to the New York Times report, is a “landmark … that could have lasting implications for the long-term viability of the ride-hailing service.” Uber, by […]

Apr 25, 2016 | Filed under: Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 21, 2016

A wheelchair requirement for Uber?

NYC Mayor de Blasio and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission are both reportedly weighing separate plans to impose some sort of accessibility requirement on Uber and other e-hail taxi companies. Under current law, a full 50% of yellow taxis will have to be wheelchair accessible. But for Uber, Lyft and other e-hail taxis, which […]

Apr 21, 2016 | Filed under: Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 21, 2016

The TLC says that Sexual Harassment by Taxi Drivers not a big problem after all

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission has pulled back from pursuing its later crackdown. this one against taxi drivers who allegedly sexually harass passengers. TLC rules already bar threatening comments, abusive comments and even discourteous comments by drivers. The latest scheme would have put specific definitions of sexual contact and sexual harassment on the books and, naturally, […]

Apr 21, 2016 | Filed under: Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Green Taxis Going Begging

New York City can barely give away green taxi licenses as would-be drivers for the much ballyhooed outer-borough cabs are migrating to e-hail taxis. Thousands of available permits sitting unsold and there only hundreds of interested buyers, if that many, according to the New York Daily News. The green “boro taxis” were created to expand cabs […]

Apr 19, 2016 | Filed under: Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 04, 2016

Federal Judge Says Boston Rules Deny Taxi Owners Equal Protection

In a ruling that reversed his his earlier reasoning in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton held that Boston and Massachusetts taxi regulations probably violated the constitutional rights of medallion taxi owners because taxi owners are being held to a different standard than Uber and other e-hail taxis, which are unregulated by the […]

Apr 04, 2016 | Filed under: Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Jun 03, 2015

Panic Button? How about a Clue Button, Instead?

A few members of the City Council, apparently with a lot of time on their hands, have proposed legislation that would require a “panic button” be installed in the backseat of taxis. It’s a bonehead idea at best. But it’s also vaguely racist and generally slanderous. It should be swiftly and emphatically abandoned. The bill […]

Jun 03, 2015 | Filed under: background checks, Blog by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 22, 2015

Cabbies are Contractors, not employees, Court holds

Massachusetts’ top court says taxi drivers may be treated as independent contractors rather than employees.  This ruling should come as no surprise since taxi drivers have been being paid and treated as independent contractors almost everywhere for decades.   The decision, reported by, is in response to a suit against traditional taxi companies. The […]

Apr 22, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, independent contractors, taxi drivers by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 20, 2015

Blind Suing the Rich

Uber is facing a new legal challenge: a lawuit by blind passengers accusing it of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it will not transport guide dogs. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a “travel service” subject to potential liability […]

Apr 20, 2015 | Filed under: americans with disabilities act, blind, Blog, Uber by Dan Ackman
Posted: Apr 03, 2015

Abuse is only the beginning

In what may be a classic case of an everyday event becoming news simply because it was caught on video, a New York Police Department detective was forced to apologize when his angry exchange with an Uber driver went viral. The detective, Patrick Cherry, was placed on modified assignment. He also faces suspension, reassignment or loss of […]

Apr 03, 2015 | Filed under: abuse, Blog, NYPD, taxi drivers by Dan Ackman
Posted: Mar 31, 2015

Taxi of Tomorrow– not Yet

Annie sang: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, you’re always a day away!” And so it is with the Taxi of Tomorrow.The planed rollout has been delayed again by a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals. The court, the state’s highest, granted a stay in a continuing appeal over the vehicle.The puts efforts to phase in the Nissan […]

Mar 31, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, NYC, taxi of tomorrow, TLC by Dan Ackman
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