One key issue that was lost amidst all the hyperbolic accusations that the Taxi Commission was killing innovation was that New York's regulations do a relatively good job preventing drivers from discriminating against their clientele based on either their destination or appearance.
The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is releasing a list of proposed rule changes that would permit the use of smartphone apps to hail and pay for taxicabs, provided they work with the city’s own computerized payment and trip data system. The proposal comes two weeks after regulatory disputes forced the upstart Uber to end its own taxi service in the city.
Every app would need to be licensed.
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