Questions Raised Over New Taxi Hail App
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A new cellphone app aimed at helping New Yorkers hail a cab is raising a few legal questions.
The Uber app lets users request a taxi via their phones, or what a company executive called e-hailing.
Uber says electronic hails mean more reliable and convenient taxi service, and says they will benefit New Yorkers living outside of Manhattan.
However, taxi officials tell the New York Times Uber could be unlawful for several reasons, including the fact that yellow cab drivers aren't allowed to make prearranged pickups and they're not allowed to use electronics while driving.
In a statement, Taxi Commissioner David Yassky said, "We are eager to see products, including apps, that allow taxi passengers to take advantage of the latest innovations, provided they are consistent with the TLC’s rules."