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A group representing New York City taxi interests has formally asked the Taxi & Limousine Commission to revoke Uber’s license to operate, pending an investigation into the startup’s use of passenger data.

The Committee for Taxi Safety, whosemembers include 12 yellow cab leasing agents, also took TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi to task for her comment that Uber’s PR problems amount to ” growing pains.”

“The Taxi & Limousine Commission has a duty to protect the riding public from unsavory businesses and their shady practices,” wrote Tweeps Phillips, the group’s executive director in the letter dated Thursday. “In contrast to your statement, these are not simply ‘growing pains.’ We are surprised at that cavalier comment and the commission’s attitude toward a licensee dealing with the public.”

The letter comes about a week after an Uber executive suggested a smear campaign against certain journalists, and a report that its top New York City executive tracked a journalist’s trips without her permission.

TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said the commission had not received the letter as of mid-morning Friday, but acknowledged it could be in transit. UPDATE, 5:57 p.m., 11/21: Fromberg said the commission received the letter Friday afternoon and is looking into the allegations.

In the letter, Phillips also accused Joshi of giving preferential treatment to Uber.

“We have little doubt that if this conduct and statements made by Uber were attributable to any other licensee of the commission, the response would not be a wink of an eye…” the letter continues.

Uber had no immediate comment. Yesterday, Uber retained a team from the law firm Hogan Lovells LLP to review its privacy practices and make suggestions to improve it.

Obviously there’s no love lost between taxis and Uber. The yellow cab industry has been severely damaged by the arrival of Uber and other tech-enabled car hailing services. Just yesterday, BuzzFeed News reported that Uber is considering stepping up its attacks on its incumbent opposition.

Earlier Friday, an administrative judge delayed a hearing over Uber’s alleged refusal to provide requested route data until January.

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