NYC Cabbies Push For Fare Increase Citing Rising Gas Prices

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City cab drivers marked seven years since their last pay raise Wednesday and continued their efforts to bring about a increase in the metered fare.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, led by Bhairavi Desai, once again pushed for an increase of 50 cents on the per-mile metered rate and a 10-cent bump for idling charges.

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Last week, the group announced it would petition the Taxi and Limousine Commission for the “modest increase.”

“We’re not asking for much. We’re not asking to put everybody in a bankruptcy. We are just trying to survive,” one driver said Wednesday. “We’re not trying to bleed New Yorkers.”

Desai argued that skyrocketing gas prices have left drivers making 33 percent less than they made just six months ago. She says that cabbies were having to pay between $58 to $100 more for gas every week.

“Taxi drivers now are earning 40 percent below a living wage. They’re even earning below the New York State minimum wage,” Desai said.

Last week, taxi riders had differing opinions on a potential fare increase.

“I don’t think that’s too much considering the economy right now,” Lilibeth Montemar said.

“I love taking taxis, but I already don’t take them enough because of the rates,” another rider said.

The TLC said it will weigh the merits of the petition and make a decision.

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  • Sam apple

    TLC SHOULD UNDERSTAND our economic problem and should increase the fare by 50c .. increasing that would not harm any riders but its a big help for us taxi drivers. We see lots of geographical refusal nowadays because of economic problem but if TLC increases the fare a little then I am pretty sure that there wouldn’t be such refusal for outer borough from the driver. TLC shouldn’t always favor the riders by passing out different laws but also take care of the taxi drivers. In that way there is a peace between both drivers and riders, otherwise water splashes out of glass if the glass is full. If we do not make enough money, its pointless to work for 12 hrs in that crazy traffic, we can quit or go on strike and the city will collapse. REMEMBER DRIVER’S, WE CAN FIGHT THIS UNFAIRNESS AND TOGETHER WE CAN’T BE STOPPED.

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