TLC Cancels RFP for Taxi Apps in Favor of Free Market: New Rules Permit E-Hailing & Paying with Apps

As expected, the New York City Taxi and Limousine released proposed regulations today that call for allowing riders to e-hail and pay for taxis through a smartphone app. However, along with the new rules, the TLC has cancelled its request-for-proposal from March soliciting smartphone apps: “Because the e-hail rules will enable app developers to offer riders fare payment products, the RFP will no longer be necessary,” the agency said in an press release.

Nineteen startups submitted proposals, including Uber, Hailo, Get Taxi, and Taxi Magic.
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