Taxi-Hailing App Uber Comes to NYC, but Is It Legal?

Taxi-hailing app company Uber introduced its service in 105 of New York City’s 13,000 yellow cabs—but the convenience of finding a cab via mobile app might be too good to be true. The legality of Uber’s service is questionable, the New York Times reports, citing city rules that forbid prearranged rides in yellow cabs, unjustified refusal of fares, and use of electronic devices while driving.

Taxi-hailing app company Uber introduced its service in 105 of New York City’s 13,000 yellow cabs—but the convenience of finding a cab via mobile app might be too good to be true. The legality of Uber’s service is questionable, the New York Times reports, citing city rules that forbid prearranged rides in yellow cabs, unjustified refusal of fares, and use of electronic devices while driving.

The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has yet to reach a decision, so if you’re going to try the app, now is the time. Uber is offering free rides up to $25 through next Tuesday.

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