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This is a great analysis!
Although the TLC is very "Goliath-like" in setting up contracts with companies like Verifone, which btw charges drivers an exorbitant amount on CC transactions, the rules have been in place for good reasons. In terms of pre-arraged pickup bans for yellow cabs, that allows for faster and simpler street hails. If I want a pre-arranged cab ride, I can use my phone and just call some dispatch.
I'm all for removing the call aspect by using Uber, but the TLC are bullies with cab ops and drivers. Uber should take Square's approach and play it cool. In the end, Mayor Bloomberg indirectly runs the TLC - take it up with him.
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