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Court approves taxi apps

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

A state appellate court has upheld a lower court ruling that will allow yellow medallion axis to accept so-called “e-hails” from electronic applications, or apps, as part of a pilot program.

The program has been challenged by parties in the black car livery industry on a number of grounds, including that the Taxi and Limousine Commission had exceeded its authority in authorizing the pilot program.

The Appellate Division on Tuesday upheld an April ruling by New York State Supreme Court Justice Carol Huff, 4-0.

“We are pleased that the decision was upheld,” New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said. “The ruling further confirms our position that the pilot program was completely proper. The TLC’s use of new technology like e-hail apps will keep them on the cutting edge of the industry and allow them to best serve the public.”

“New York City has always been a taxi-hailing town, and we’re pleased to be able to offer passengers more than one way to accomplish that,” TLC Commissioner David Yassky said.

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