Taxi And Limousine Commission Wants To Change Cab TVs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Apparently, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is sick of those televisions in the back of cabs too.

TLC Commissioner David Yassky says he’s looking to change the channel on the programming when you first sit down in a cab. The announcement comes as the TLC tries to find what it’s calling the “Taxi of Tomorrow.”

It’s all part of the TLC’s ongoing effort to improve you’re cab-riding experience.

Yassky says he’s looking to provide more compelling content for riders who are compelled to watch.

The screens aren’t exactly what you’d call “popular.” Some 31.3 percent of people surveyed called the taxi TVs “annoying,” making them the second-most disliked feature of a cab ride. The most disliked, by the way, was the cost: 36.8 percent said cab rides were too expensive.

The survey quizzed 22,600 respondents and was commissioned by the TLC. Anyone who filled it out had a chance to win a prize. Abdul Mohammed of the Bronx, who was one of the people who filled out the survey, won the free year of taxi rides for his participation.

What – if anything – should be on those taxi TVs? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Ronald

    Hate those TV in the Yellow Cabs, it distracts the driver and annoys riders. Taxi drivers work like slave mules and make money for City, TLC, NYPD, Taxi Garages, Manhattan Gas Stations and everyone at the administrative level of Taxi business takes the money. High unemployment rate in the City and US, many try being taxi drivers, but soon realize that they are working like slave mules in dangerous/stressful environment without any employment Benefits, working/living 12 hours shifts in a cab for 6 or 7 days. Try being cab driver, then you will have respect for those people. Every month Some smart people try to make working yellow Mule’s life harder.

  • Megan

    Why is there no ‘love them’ option?

  • Bruce

    I heard that women are now allowed to become taxi drivers.

  • James

    I have lived a rich and full life. I have never had to enter through hades gates deep into the pits of New York City.

    • Anson

      I have lived a CONFUSED AND BUCOLICl life. I have never had to LEAVE through Hades gates into the WONDERS of New York City.

      Fixed it for ya, Jimmy-Bob.

  • amir

    TLC talking about increasing taxi fare. do they really think that money goes to drivers pocket or garage owner pocket.
    I think decreasing taxi lease would be better than taxi fare increase. than taxi drive would get more fare and decant money.

  • CityEmployee

    that tv make you car sick, it is mounted on a wrong place

  • pat

    How much did this all cost? In typical NYC Governmental fashion millions spent then flushed down the drain.

  • Hollywood Florida

    Drivers need to learn how to apply deodorant to their underarms.

  • ed

    how about a driver who’s speaks english!

    • GAH

      There’s 9% unemployment in the U.S. Any of those people could learn to be a cab driver. Why don’t they?

  • Fred

    Forget the TVs, mandatory air fresheners would improve my cab-riding experience.

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