Yellow Cabbies Protest Against ‘Billionaire Bully’ Bloomberg’s Livery Cab Plan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Calling him a “billionaire bully,” a small, but emotional group of cab drivers protested against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to allow livery cabs to pick up street hails in New York City.

About 100 cabbies gathered at City Hall Park on Tuesday to let Bloomberg know of their feelings regarding legislation that passed in Albany that would allow 30,000 street pickup permits to for-hire vehicles for $1,500 each.

The legislation has not yet been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, but Bloomberg has expressed confidence it will become law.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Reports From The Protest At City Hall

“You are killing us by telling us this. I’m not sleeping, I’ve not been sleeping since I heard this news and I’m still standing here. I cannot wait to hear something better from you Bloomberg,” said one taxi driver. “I don’t think you’ve driven before, I don’t think you know what yellow means — this is our life.”

Proponents of the plan argue it will provide access to taxis for people living in the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and upper Manhattan.

However, the protesting cabbies warned the plan to legalize livery street hails would kill the yellow cab industry.

“What the Bloomberg administration is trying to do is basically take your hard earned right. What you have give blood and sweat to build this industry from scratch and give it away to the ordinary gypsy cabs — it’s not going to happen,” said another protestor.

The mayor’s office insisted his five borough plan would bring safe and reliable service to New Yorkers outside Manhattan.

Bloomberg has also earlier made the point that Midtown, lower Manhattan and airport street hails would still be reserved for yellow cabs, whose medallions cost almost $700,000 each.

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  • sally rogers

    If the picky yellows won’t do the job, give it to the hard working liveries do it. They are more greatful and the ride is nicer anyway.

  • Dale Auburn

    “However, the protesting cabbies warned the plan to legalize livery street hails would kill the yellow cab industry.”

    Yellow cabs don’t even WANT want to serve the outer boroughs. Now they don’t want anybody else to serve them, either?

  • Abner

    I almost NEVER see a yellow cab in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

  • Staten Islander

    The Cab drivers are the WORST in this town. You think its bad to get from Manhattan to Queens, try getting a cab just to go a short distance. Just the other day, I wanted to go from Brooklyn Bridge to South Ferry and was refused by 3 cabs and I am white. When you call 311 and complain, they want you to fill out a form, get the driver’s name, cab number and then sit through a court hearing, as if I have nothing better to do. I refuse to tip any these low lifes when I do get a ride and make sure I fart in the back seat.

  • Rob

    Good. I’ve had countless drivers refuse to take me from Manhattan into Astoria, Queens. Now, there are drivers who will. It’s supply and demand. You refuse to supply and the demand will be met another way.

    • david

      and this bill will do notihng to fix that. These 30,000 liveries which have picked up illegally will not be legally allowed to pick up in Manhattan. They hurt hard workng legal drivers and do not pay their taxes as their pick up are illegal. If you like paying their share of taxes, support this bill. and reward their illegal activity.

      • Rob

        Midtown, lower Manhattan and airport street hails would still be reserved for yellow cabs. And that’s fine. That leaves a lot of places that I will be able to get cab. I’ve been denied rides to Queens from all over the city and from outer borough to outer borough as well. Maybe this plan won’t fix all, but it will fix some.

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