Uber Taxi has recently announced that they are shutting down their beta program in NYC which allows travelers to e-hail a New York City taxi. Approximately 160 taxicab drivers participated in the test pilot program which started in early September, 2012.
Uber stated that the “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”.
Last month, David Yassky, Chairman of the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission stated New York City taxicab drivers could not accept payments through Uber because it would violate it’s exclusive contracts with Verifone Systems and Creative Mobile Technologies which provides the backseat credit card terminals. The exclusive contracts are scheduled to expire at the end of February, 2013.
NYC taxi drivers were also told by city officials that they could have their taxicab license suspended or revoked and or face fines for accepting payments through Uber or from other competing products.
Uber’s other competing services including UBERx and UBER Black will continue to operate in NYC which offers travelers luxury ground transportation services including hybrid and executive sedan vehicles.
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