A group of taxi fleet owners sued
New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg over a new law
allowing car services to pick up passengers who hail them
The Metropolitan Taxicab Board filed the lawsuit in New
York State Supreme Court in Manhattan today, seeking to have the
new law deemed unconstitutional. The law abolished rights and
privileges that have existed for the taxi industry for more than
a century “with the stroke of a pen” and without public
hearings, a city council vote or environmental and economic
reviews, according to the suit.
“The primary beneficiaries of the new scheme will be a
select group of licensees — livery drivers and owners — many
of whom have openly violated laws that have been in effect for
more than 50 years,” lawyers for the board said in the suit.
The Long Island City-based group calls itself the largest U.S.
Article source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-18/new-york-city-sued-by-taxi-owners-over-new-car-service-law