SideCar ‘taxi’ is off-duty
SideCar has gotten stung by a sting.
Undercover city taxi regulators over the weekend conducted a sting operation on Gotham’s first app-centric ride-sharing service to see if they were collecting fares without a license to do so.
Ad investigators for the Taxi and Limousine Commission caught two private drivers in their own cars taking fares. The TLC issued summonses and impounded the cars.
“If you are acting as a taxi or car service without benefit of a license, we will shut you down,” a TLC spokesman told The Post.
SideCar launched its mobile app last month, a personal car-pooling service that, according to CEO Sunil Paul, is seen as giving a lift to users going in the same direction.
The TLC, headed by David Yassky, has said it supports the concept of ride-sharing, but it doesn’t want drivers on SideCar operating like unlicensed taxis.
Paul wrote about the sting — which he characterized as heavy-handed yesterday at a TechCrunch conference in the city — on SideCar’s blog, asking users to petition the TLC to allow the service to continue.
In a blogpost to garner support for the service, he said, “Unfortunately, New York regulators view rideshare as competition to taxis and want to shut SideCar down.”