Both Uber and Hailo have been cleared to start operating their e-hail taxi services in New York City, but SideCar is still sidelined.
The city and the service have been on a collision course since SideCar launched in the Big Apple in March, which came to a head this weekend when two drivers were ticketed.
New York sees SideCar as a taxi service that fails to abide by regulations that govern that industry. SideCar insists that it doesn’t actually provide a paid ride service, but rather connects private citizens. (The app has a recommended contribution for riders rather than an outright charge.)
“New York regulators view ride sharing as competition to taxis and want to shut SideCar down,” wrote CEO Sunil Paul in a blog post.
SideCar describes what it says was a “sting operation” on two of its drivers this weekend: Sandra, a resident clothing handler at Lutheran Augustana Center, and Kristy, a full-time history student saving for grad school. Both were ticketed and questioned. One had her vehicle impounded.
“Despite the TLC’s extremely aggressive enforcement action this weekend, we will continue to work for the right to share resources and bring the benefits of rideshare to New York City. What happens in New York City has implications for the entire sharing economy,” Paul wrote.
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