Appeals Court OKs NYC Test of "E-Hailing" Taxi Cabs

With the court's OK, a few companies started offering the service while the appeal played out

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    The city's experiment with taxi-hailing smartphone apps has gotten a green light from an appeals court.

    The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division said Tuesday that the city can continue a yearlong test of "e-hail" services for yellow cabs.

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    With the court's OK, a few companies started offering the service while the appeal played out.

    A lawyer for e-hail opponents hasn't immediately commented on Tuesday's ruling.

    City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky says the city's pleased to be able to offer passengers another way to summon cabs.

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