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New York’s Taxi & Limousine Tribunal has suspended a big chunk of Uber’s operations, specifically five out of its six car bases, for not submitting transit records. The news comes from the New York Business Journal, which linked to the city’s guilty verdict.
Uber’s New York City service won’t stop entirely. One hub was left out of the decision, and Uber intends to route all its independent fleet partners through it. When I asked Uber whether shrinking from six bases down to one would slow its New York City operations, the company vehemently denied that would be the case. A spokesperson said:
Uber continues to operate legally in New York City, with tens of thousands of partner drivers and hundreds of thousands of riders relying on the Uber platform for economic opportunity and safe, reliable rides. We are continuing a dialogue with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission on these issues.
This hub ban will impact locations that both UberX and Uber Black fleet partners used. The locations are suspended until Uber complies with the city’s demands, namely by paying $200 in fines per location and “provid[ing] electronic trip record information for all trips dispatched through Respondents’ bases.” Uber has argued that doing so would be tantamount to giving up trade secrets.
It’s not clear from the Tribunal’s decision how it will enforce this Uber suspension. The company has a history of ignoring government orders.