New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Devin Balkind

Gotham Gazette New York City Shouldn’t Regulate Ride-Hailing Apps - It Should Compete With Them by Devin Balkind

New York City Shouldn’t Regulate Ride-Hailing Apps - It Should Compete With Them

The idea of establishing a “ride sharing” (or “e-hail”) standard isn’t new. It has been discussed and proposed by a number of people in New York City’s tech community for years, including Ben Kallos, a tech-aware City Council member who proposed it in a 2014 bill, and by Chris Whong, now the lead developer of NYC Planning Labs, who proposed it in a 2013 blog post.

Critics of this approach have claimed that the city doesn’t have the capacity to develop its own e-hailing systems, but that simply isn’t true. Generic apps similar to Lyft and Uber exist in hundreds of markets around the world. Even local cab companies in New York City have developed their own apps.