NEW YORK — Uber, the technology company whose electronic reservation/ hail system has disrupted the ground transportation industry, has suspended its taxi-hailing service in New York City after tangling with the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
“We did the best we could to get more yellows on the road but New York's TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) put up obstacles and roadblocks in order to squash the effort around e-hail which they privately have said is legal under the rules," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told CNET.com. “We'll bite our tongues and keep our frustration here to ourselves.”
Uber launched its taxi e-hail services in New York in September, just after Labor Day. Uber supplied smartphones loaded with its proprietary technology to taxi drivers who signed up for the service. But according to DCist.com, the TLC “prohibits taxis from taking pre-arranged rides — such as those requested over a mobile phone — and bans cabbies from using electronic devices while operating their vehicles.”
Uber is now asking taxi drivers to return the devices, but is also trying to recruit them to sign up for the black car service. Technology news website, TheVerge.com, reported that Uber offered one cabbie $1,000 to sign up as a black car operator.
Yahoo! News reports that Uber’s black car service is still “rocking.”
Uber’s taxi application is still operating in Boston and Toronto.
Read full the full report from various sources below:
Uber Admits Defeat in the Yellow Cab Battle for New York
Uber quietly puts an end to NYC taxi service
Uber Drops Taxi-Hailing Service in New York
Uber quietly shutting down taxis in New York after fight with regulators (update: Uber confirms)
—Michael Campos, LCT associate editor