By on May 21, 2014

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In a major coup for car sharing service Uber, the start-up has poached Ashwini Chhabra, the deputy commissioner for policy and planning at New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The New York Times reports that Chhabra will help Uber in a new role that covers “policy development and community engagement”. While New York City was slow to allow Uber and other e-hail apps, the city recently approved an extension of a pilot project to allow them to be used to hail taxi cabs, rather than just private cars.

Chhabra himself was outspoken regarding the mismatch between the adoption of the apps among the public and the regulatory response, telling the Times

“I won’t say that at New York T.L.C., we always got it right…Regulators often move slower than entrepreneurs.”

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