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Boston taxi drivers sue city over ride-hailing services

January 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Boston taxi drivers is suing the city, saying officials have violated their rights by allowing online ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate without following the same rules taxis do.

The Boston Globe reports that the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday accuses the city of destroying the value of the medallions that taxis must buy to operate, and asks unspecified monetary damages.

A city spokeswoman said officials hadn’t received the complaint Friday and will review it. A city advisory commission has been examining the regulations.

The lawsuit also challenges proposed state rules to have the Department of Public Utilities regulate ride-hailing services as “transportation network companies.” The legislature hasn’t approved the proposal. The lawsuit asks a judge to stop the state from enacting it.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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