L.A. Taxi Drivers Required to Use App

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Taxi drivers in Los Angeles will be required to use electronic hailing apps to compete with newer ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, under an order approved last week by the Taxicab Commission.

Taxi companies will have to sign up with a certified e-hail app by Aug. 20, according to the order.

In the meantime, a working group will be formed to create regulation for a certification system for e-hail apps that cater to the traditional taxi industry, such as Curb and Flywheel. The group will need to report back to the Taxicab Commission with its recommendations.

The order came out of a request by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the commission to “take all steps necessary to … level the playing field’’ between traditional taxicabs and ride-share companies, which use smartphone apps to connect drivers to riders, commission President Eric Speigelman said in December.

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