Judge Halts NYC Taxi E-Hailing a Day After Launch

NEW YORK (AP) -

Two days into the city’s experiment with taxi-summoning apps, e-hailing stalled Wednesday when a judge put the project on hold.

The apps, challenged by car service owners, are now back in limbo for at least a few weeks. State Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice Helen Freedman ordered the programs to stop until a panel of judges weighs the case, expected later this month.

The program “is so fundamentally flawed and illegal in so many ways. It had to be stopped,” Randy Mastro, the lawyer for e-hail opponents, said in a telephone interview.

“Taxi-hailing apps are not only good for the riding public but perfectly legal as well,” Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement. “You can’t stop progress, and these obstructionists shouldn’t be trying.”