Two New York City Council members have sided with livery groups suing the city to block implementation of an e-hail program that would allow passengers to use smartphone apps to find a ride, according to a report by Capital New York.
Councilwoman Liz Crowley said that, as an outer-borough representative, she worried the e-hail program would enable discrimination by drivers, while Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said the new rules unfairly favor yellow cabs over livery services, according to the report. Both council members have received donations from livery interests, but both also told Capital New York that those donations have nothing to do with choosing to make this stand.
In its report, the New York Observer added that New York Taxi and Limousine Commission officials are particularly keen on instituting the e-hail program since drivers spend about 40 percent of their time searching for fares. Furthermore, contra to Crowley’s assertion, the TLC believes e-hail will actually provide incentive for drivers to seek passengers outside of Manhattan, in less-dense areas.