New York Cab Group Sues City Over GPS

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to block the New York Taxi and limousine Commission from installing global positioning system software on all city taxi meters.

The group is said to represent more than 10,000 taxi drivers in the city. The city’s famous yellow cab drivers have been at odds lately on whether the new GPS system would be used as a tool to spy on Muslims, or track their movements.

The suit, filed in Federal District Court, said the software was an invasion of privacy and denied the drivers their constitutionally protected right to their own property. City officials said they could not comment on the suit until they had seen it.

Around two weeks ago, the alliance called the strike to protest new rules requiring all cabs to have global positioning systems and touch-screen monitors that will let passengers pay by credit card. Some cabbies fear the GPS systems could be used to track their movements and that they could get stuck paying hefty fees for credit card processing.

The two-day strike happened right in the middle of the New York Fashion Week and the US Open tennis tournament.

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