It’s illegal for livery cabs to accept street hails, but many do so anyway. Drivers say the law was rarely enforced until this year.
New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers head Fernando Mateo organized the Wednesday protest. He says it’s an unfair pressure tactic to get drivers to negotiate on a bill being considered in Albany.
The law would allow livery cabs to pick up passengers from the street in the outer boroughs and northern Manhattan. That has outraged yellow taxi drivers who say the value of their expensive medallions could plummet because of new competition.
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