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Livery driver blamed de Blasio for his financial ruin before City Hall suicide | New York Post

A 61-year-old livery driver posted on Facebook early Monday that city and state politicians were to blame for his financial ruin — then pulled up to the gates of City Hall and shot himself dead with a shotgun, authorities said...

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — City officials in Sioux Falls say at least five taxi companies plan to call it quits a year after the railing-hailing service Lyft arrived.

The city's licensing specialist, Jamie Palmer, says eight cab companies missed the recent deadline for renewal and five of them have informed her they won't be renewing.

Court sides with Philadelphia in taxi companies’ lawsuit | The Seattle Times

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against taxi companies in a lawsuit that accused Philadelphia of failing to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. Philly.com reports the...

These Miami tourists were charged more than $700 (plus tip) for a taxi ride from hell

A couple was charged $777.44 for a taxi from Miami International Airport to their Hallandale Beach hotel. It was the worst — by far —of more than 100 overcharge complaints last year filed with Miami-Dade County.

Uber reaches $3 million settlement with New York drivers over fees | Reuters

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] agreed to pay up to $3 million...

...to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 2,421 drivers in New York who accused the ride-sharing company of docking excessive fees from their fares.

Lambert says Uber, Lyft haven't hurt airport's take from parking, car rental fees so far | Along for the Ride | stlto...

But the airport says pickups by taxicabs and shared-use shuttle vans were down 19.5 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively, during the first three months Uber and Lyft operated legally at...

TNCs catch taxis in occupancy rate | Crain's New York Business

A supporter of yellow cabs recently emailed Crain's, “The city must get a handle on the growth rate of app based FHVs. As [trasnsportation consultant] Bruce Schaller wrote earlier this year, it’s unsustainable. There is no reason why this city should favor low-efficiency vehicles like Ubers which do an average of 5 fares a day and disadvantage high-efficiency vehicles like yellows that do 30 fares a day.”

Lyft users will able to sample a self-driving taxi service at CES thanks to Aptiv

Once the stuff of science fiction, the idea of a self-driving taxi service...

...is fast becoming a reality. Boston, Massachusetts-based self-driving car startup nuTonomy made headlines in 2016 when it launched the world’s first self-driving taxi service. That was in Singapore and limited to only a few streets. nuTonomy has since been acquired by Aptiv...

Uber, Lyft causes decline in taxi services

Since ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft started rolling through the streets of Monroe in September, services and revenue have decreased for taxi drivers.

Liberty cabs plan to boycott City of Buffalo on New Year's Eve over lack of Uber, Lyft rules - The Buffalo News

Were still hoping for an eleventh-hour reprieve, said Tony Farina, a spokesman for Liberty.

New law allows liquor companies pay for free rides | The Modesto Bee

California will join 44 other states on Jan. 1 by allowing liquor manufacturers to underwrite free or discounted rides through ride-sharing companies.

Arriving passengers at McCarran International Airport take a taxi in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) )

If time is money, then the local taxicab industry is poised to take a small but significant step on Thursday.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority is expected to finally decide whether to test out parallel routes along Frank Sinatra Drive, Koval Lane and Interstate 15 that cabbies could use when Las Vegas Boulevard is congested.

Orlando airport favors cabs over rideshares - look at fees - Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando International Airport assesses higher fees to ridesharing services than taxicabs, Julio Fuentes of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce writes.

The District’s cabbies are struggling, so the city is giving them some fares. - The Washington Post

Through city contracts, D.C. taxi drivers are transporting veterans, cancer patients and foster children.

Uber and Lyft Are Making Traffic Worse, Report Says - WNYC

They may help New Yorkers catch a ride, but a new report suggests ride-hailing apps are slowing the city down. We ...

'Safe Ride' taxi driver admitted sexually assaulting two Miami University students, police say - WCPO Cincinnati, OH

A taxi driver acknowledged that he knew two Miami University students were intoxicated when he forcibly performed sex acts on them in his cab, according to Oxford police reports.

Palo Alto looks to loosen rules for taxi fares | News | Palo Alto Online |

With ride-sharing companies shifting the transportation landscape, Palo Alto officials are preparing to pass a new law to make life a little easier for local taxi drivers.

Judge tosses cabbie's lawsuit to force NYC to stabilize taxi medallion market amid Uber, Lyft competition

A judge has tossed a cabbie's lawsuit seeking to force the city to stabilize the taxi medallion market.

General Motors says self-driving taxi fleets coming in 2019

Big fleets of robot taxis — with no backup drivers — from General Motors...

... could hit the streets of San Francisco and other cities in less than two years, the company said.

“If we continue on our current rate of change, we will be ready to deploy this (autonomous, ride-hailed) technology in large scale in the most complex environments in 2019,” GM President Dan Ammann told Wall Street investors, analysts and press on Thursday.

Have Philly Cabs Finally Figured Out How to Defeat Uber?

Philly's three main taxi companies – Freedom, PHL Taxi and 215-Get-A-Cab – are plotting major changes. Here's what to expect as they'll roll out.

Uber used ex-CIA agents to steal trade secrets, fired manager says. Feds are investigating - LA Times

Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team, including ex-CIA agents,

...to plunder trade secrets from overseas rivals. That has triggered a delay in a trial over whether Uber stole self-driving car technology from Google spinoff Waymo...

Judge says Uber 'withheld evidence' as new bombshell allegations emerge in Alphabet trial

Former Uber security analyst, Richard Jacobs, said there was a directive for Uber employees to use disappearing chat apps...

...like Wickr, and that Uber sent employees to Pittsburgh to "educate" on how to prevent "Uber's unlawful schemes from seeing the light of day."
The allegations were made in a hearing in a lawsuit between Uber and Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car unit...

Chicago sues Uber over data breach - The Washington Post

After Uber reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet after a massive data breach, city officials are suing the company...