Traditional taxi drivers in Boston say that the city is allowing Uber and Lyft to illegally operate, and they want a judge to make it stop, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

The suit claims the city is breaching the cabbies’ constitutional rights because it is treating the traditional drivers differently than the newfound ride-hailing companies. Brought by two drivers and the Boston Taxi Owners Association, the lawsuit alleges that the traditional services must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in so-called “medallion” licensing fees to the city. But Lyft and Uber and other similar services do not, a fact that is eating into cabbies’ profits, the suit said. 
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