New York, NY - Judge Halts Taxi 'e-Hails,' A Day After Launch

Published on: May 1st, 2013 at 06:51 PM
By: AP

New York, NY - Hailing yellow cabs with smartphone apps is on hold in New York City a day after the experimental service began.

An appellate judge agreed Wednesday to bar what's known as 'e-hailing,' at least temporarily. A panel of judges is expected to weigh the case later this month.

A lawyer for e-hail opponents, Randy Mastro, says they're gratified. He calls the program "fundamentally flawed" and illegal.

The city Law Department had no immediate comment.

The city decided to test the idea for a year. Officials say it expands riders' options.

Car service owners sued. They say it's unfair to them and is too broad to qualify as a test program.

A judge dismissed their suit last week. They then went to the appellate court.

Uber Technologies launched an e-hail service Tuesday.

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