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Uber Technologies Inc.'s alleged use of a program to evade authorities could hurt the chances for passage of a bill in New York this year to allow ride-hailing in upstate areas.
An association of taxi and livery companies called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the state legislature’s top leaders in a March 8 letter to halt consideration of a ride-hailing bill and open an investigation into Uber’s alleged use of the program, known as Greyball.
“Uber’s use of Greyball exemplifies a corporate culture that presents a clear and present threat to New Yorkers and demands a thorough investigation before the state advances ride-sharing legislation,” John Tomassi, president of the Upstate Transportation Association, said in the letter.
In an emailed statement, Uber said, “We’re looking carefully at the use of this technology.”
The state Senate approved a bill ( S. 4159) in February that would establish a comprehensive legal framework for ride-hailing services. Cuomo has proposed a similar measure. Democrats who control the state Assembly favor a more limited bill.
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