New York City Taxi Official Departs For Uber

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
new york city taxi official departs for uber

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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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on May 21, 2014

    Look out, chupacabra!

  • Stumpaster Stumpaster on May 21, 2014

    The classic "I was for it before I was against it." I am surprised NYC ethics codes did not conflict him out.

    • Stuki Stuki on May 21, 2014

      C'mon, he was a regulator. The whole purpose of those jobs, is to make life miserable enough for productive people, that they have no choice but to pay you big bucks to help them get your now former colleagues off their backs.