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 Adam Lingle
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 Adam Lingle
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 Adam Lingle
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 BetaBoston.com, is in response to a suit against traditional taxi companies. The […]

Apr 22, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, independent contractors, taxi drivers by Adam Lingle
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 Adam Lingle
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 Adam Lingle
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 Adam Lingle
Posted: Mar 12, 2015

Chicago bites back after cabbie’s case is dismissed

The City of Chicago has billed a taxi driver for $10,000 in court costs after the driver’s suit claiming that the drivers should be deemed city employees was dismissed. The driver, Melissa Callahan said, “That was a big shock,” and she is pursuing an appeal. Callahan will need lots of luck. Cab drivers have, for […]

Mar 12, 2015 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Mar 11, 2015

An overview of ‘the Dirty War’

Bloomberg business has a feature on what it calls “Big Taxi’s” war on Uber. Its thesis: “These firms want to kill the young juggernaut—or at least buy themselves enough time to develop rival car-hailing apps.” But: “Probably no amount of media spin will win this one for Big Taxi. Uber is a textbook example of […]

Mar 11, 2015 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Mar 03, 2015

Uber Getting Huger in New York

Uber says it plans to add 10,000 cars to its existing NYC fleet of 13,000 all in 2015, according to a report in Crains New York Business. It will also bring some of its engineering operations to the city. Meanwhile, the company is saying that that it wants the TLC to grow to better handle […]

Mar 03, 2015 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
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