New York Daily News To compete with Uber, New York City's yellow and green cabs would get their own app under new City Council bill by Erin Durkin

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
To compete with Uber, New York City's yellow and green cabs would get their own app under new City Council bill
Erin Durkin
12/08/2014

 

Councilman Ben Kallos.Councilman Ben Kallos.

The city would launch its own taxi hailing app to compete with Uber and Lyft under a bill introduced in the City Council Monday.

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) is sponsoring the bill to require the city to create an e-hail app for its regular fleet of more than 13,000 yellow cabs and 6,000 green ones.

“City taxis need an app if they’re going to compete, and New Yorkers should be able to e-hail a cab in the rain without having to worry about surge pricing,” Kallos said, referring to Uber’s practice of jacking up prices when demand is highest.

“Instead of making new technologies illegal or regulating them out of business, the city must modernize to be able to compete,” he said at Monday’s Council meeting.

 

Issue: 
Technology