Posted: Jan 12, 2015

Uber hires

Yahoo News reports that Uber is adding to its roster of ex-public officials. The taxi app service has just hired Michael Allegretti, a one-time congressional candidate, political consultant and Manhattan Institute scholar.  Locally, Allegretti joins Matthew Wing, previously Governor Anthony Cuomo’s press secretary, and former TLC official Ashwini Chhabra, whose hiring last fall seems to be under investigation by […]

Jan 12, 2015 | Filed under: Allegretti, Blog, Chhabra, hiring, politicians, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jan 09, 2015

China Bans Uber

China has banned drivers of private cars from offering services through ride-hailing apps, according to the Guardian and other reports. Only licensed taxis may use ride-hailing apps, the ministry of transport announced on Friday. Such apps are hugely popular in China, and the ministry said it needed to protect passengers as well as, it seems, licensed […]

Jan 09, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, China, France, India, Spain, suspension, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jan 09, 2015

A Shut and Open Case

The NYC TLC has suspended five of the six Uber-owned dispatch bases in the City. But just as quickly, it lifted the suspension when Uber appealed (or perhaps simply said it would appeal).  Two days ago the TLC suspended the bases after the company refused to submit their electronic trip records to the Taxi and Limousine […]

Jan 09, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, lifted, suspensions, TLC, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Jan 07, 2015

The Great Medallion Crash of 2014

Taxi medallion prices, after rising continually for many years, are continuing to fall, with app-based hailing services like Uber taking the blame. The New York Times reports that in NYC individual taxi medallions, whose owners must drive a taxi for roughly 180 shifts per year, fell to $805,000, down 23 percent from 2013’s peak of $1.05 […]

Jan 07, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, medallion prices, TLC, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 27, 2014

This time its the Passengers Suing Uber

Uber is used to being sued by regulators and taxi companies, but now passengers are getting into the act. Two riders in San Francisco are suing the company over its $1 “Safe Rides Fee.” According to Gizmodo, the theory of the case is that “it’s a bullshit fee.” Here is Gizmodo’s summary of the complaint: The lawsuit […]

Dec 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 27, 2014

In the Fighting City, Cab Companies call Uber a Racketeer

Dozens of Philadelphia taxi companies are suing Uber under the RICO statute, labeling the venture capital backed service a racketeering enterprise. The complaint says that Uber circumventions state and city regulations and that it has caused the traditional taxi business and medallion prices to plummet. The plaintiffs also want an injunction that would bar Uber from operating in the region.

Dec 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, lawsuit, medallions, RICO, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 25, 2014

A Life in Ruins

One of the thousands of drivers whose cars have been seized by the TLC– always without a warrant and without a hearing– for acting a taxi without a license has sued the agency for “ruining his life.” Michael Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania, claims $1 million in damages because the TLC seized his car at Kennedy […]

Dec 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 25, 2014

Check This!

The New York Times has a Christmas Day editorial saying that app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft need to do a better job of background-checking their drivers. It cites a single incident– albeit one that has grabbed headlines– in which an Uber Driver in New Delhi was accused of raping a passenger.  Uber, for one, […]

Dec 25, 2014 | Filed under: background checks, Blog, Lyft, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 18, 2014

Taxi of Tomorrow — or maybe the day after. Or never.

An interesting autoblog post details the history of legal and business problems behind the Taxi of Tomorrow.  It’s set to be litigated again in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court,  which granted the taxi industry group leading the opposition to the Nissan vehicle the right to appeal.  Opposition to the T […]

Dec 18, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Court of Appeals, Gerber, Nissan, taxi of tomorrow by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 09, 2014

Spain to Uber: No Mas

A Spanish judge has ordered to stop operating in Spain, a ruling that followed  series of protests by taxi associations, according to the BBC. In his ruling on the temporary ban, the judge said Uber drivers didn’t have official authorization and accused the service of “unfair competition”. This ruling seems similar to the one being […]

Dec 09, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, judge, Netherlands, Spain, Uber by Adam Lingle
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