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Vote Clears Way for Taxi Rider Apps

Published on December 13, 2012
by Ted Mann

By early next year, New York taxi riders could be hailing cabs with the tap of a smartphone, a sea change in the interactions between cabbies and fares that was bitterly opposed by other factions of the for-hire vehicle industry.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted 7-0 Thursday morning to approve a temporary new set of rules that for the first time will allow cabbies and riders to use electronic hailing apps to flag down, accept and pay for a ride. Two commissioners abstained, saying they had not had sufficient time to review the proposal.

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