One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if one lawmaker’s new legislation passes.


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On Monday, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos introduced new legislation that would make it a requirement that taxi cabs in New York City have their own app that would be similar to those used by Uber and Lyft. “City taxis need an app of their own to compete, and New Yorkers need to be able to get a cab in the rain without having to worry about surge pricing,” Kallos stated.

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The app would not only make it easier for riders to hail one of the city’s 19,000 yellow and green cabs, but would also make NYC’s cabs more competitive with services like Uber and Lyft. In an interesting move, the app that Kallos proposes will be used by NYC’s taxi drivers as well as third-party companies like Uber and Lyft.

According to the latest update, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration hasn’t pledged its support for Kallos’ bill. The city is reportedly testing its own taxi hailing program.

“I want to live in a city where I can e-hail a yellow or green cab and get where I need to be in a New York minute,” concluded Council Member Kallos.

Via: Business Insider