Yellow cab app released, hailed — and quickly pulled over by judge

Posted at 6:41 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 18:45:01-04

Any New Yorker knows the feeling. Hand held high, hopeful facial expression, but still, no available yellow cab.

“It’s the most frustrating thing,” one rider exclaims.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission recently released a commercial about taxi hailing, then  approved a new app feature through Uber to make it easier.

However, a judge Wednesday blocked the yellow-cab feature that had launched the night before.  The livery cab industry is seeking to nix it, saying the TLC overreached. The yellow cab app feature was still working Wednesday evening.

But it seems unlikely it’s done for good.

“People have already been doing this in other cities,” Chairman David Yassky said. “We want New York to be ahead of the curve.”

Few drivers have signed up at this point, but the TLC is hopeful the one year pilot program will be a success.