Taxi Cab Hailing App Approved by City of New York
Hailing for taxis with your hand has finally come to an end as app vendor Uber Technologies Inc. is providing predictable and quick service with a tap of a button. New York officials finally approved Uber recently, allowing the company to be the first taxi-hailing app to operate in New York City. During the 12-month pilot program, the popular service is approved to provide e-hailing service.
Although Uber has been approved, unlike other cities, New York’s Uber service does not provide payments to taxi drivers in the app; customers have to directly pay the drivers. Uber has other classes of service including livery cars, SUVs and ‘black cars’ and they all have integrated payments within the app. Taxi and limousine commissioner David Yassky gave a statement announcing the approval of Uber recently:
Thanks to the NYS Supreme Court's ruling this week, we will be able to see e-hail services made available to the riding public through a one-year pilot program that officially begins today. The first provider to be approved is Uber Technologies, Inc. There are several other companies in various stages of our approval process with others sure to join them, and we are excited about the prospect of seeing the universe of choices expand. The passengers have spoken and the Bloomberg administration listened...people want the opportunity to decide whether new technology can improve their taxi experience, and today, that option is available to them.
It’s been a long process and battle for Uber and other e-hailing apps like Hailo, Flywheel, GetTaxi, etc. But fortunately for Uber, they are the first and only e-hail app approved to operate in New York City. We’ll have to wait and see how the app turns out for the city residents but from personal experience, it should provide a much needed improvement for what is otherwise a very outdated system.
Source: New York City