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Taxi-hailing smartphone apps still up and running despite being blocked by judge

03/05/2013

An order issued Wednesday suspended the city-regulated program that allows taxi riders to hail yellow cabs with their phones, but as of Thursday, two of them, Uber and Hailo, were still active.

BY RICH SCHAPIRO AND PETE DONOHUE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013, 8:49 PM

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Daily News reporter Rich Schapiro waits for a taxi summoned via the iPhone App called Uber on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Daily News reporter Rich Schapiro waits for a taxi summoned via the iPhone App called Uber on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

To hail with the judge!

A judge Wednesday evening issued an order suspending the city-regulated program allowing taxi riders to hail yellow cabs with their smartphones.

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Apps allowing passengers to hail cabs using their smartphones have been suspended by a judge, but some were still active the day after the order.

DANIEL ACKER/BLOOMBERG NEWS
Apps allowing passengers to hail cabs using their smartphones have been suspended by a judge, but some were still active the day after the order.

But the Uber and Hailo taxi apps were still up and running Thursday.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission at 1 p.m. Thursday put out a notice to drivers that e-hailing was to be suspended. The News hailed a cab in downtown Brooklyn at 2 p.m. and a driver accepted the request.

RELATED: NEW E-HAIL TAXI APP AN E-FAILURE — FOR NOW

“The court order speaks for itself, and we expect all parties to respect it,” TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said.

rschapiro@nydailynews.com and pdonohue@nydailynews.com

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