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Owners of New York City’s taxi “medallions” filed a lawsuit (PDF) against city regulators today, saying their business has been devastated by the decision to allow companies like Uber to compete using “E-hail” services.
A medallion is required to operate a New York City yellow taxicab, the only type of vehicle allowed to accept passengers who hail cabs on the street. Until recently, those medallions could sell for over $1 million. Companies like White & Blue Group, one of the plaintiffs in the case, managed fleets of licensed taxicabs by leasing out the medallions.
According to the suit, White & Blue Group, which manages the largest fleet of leased taxicabs in New York, “has seen its monthly leasing income drop as much as 50% in the past year,” and has been forced to idle as much as 20 percent of its fleet each day. The complaint was filed today and reported earlier by Reuters.
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