Suggested Tips In New York City Taxis To Be Phased Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some changes are in store for New York City taxi riders.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Changes Coming To The Inside Of The NYC Taxi

This will be the last week for default tip suggestions of $2, $3 and $4. Those options now appear in about half the fleet whenever a credit card fare is below $15.

On a quick ride, a $4 tip could be nearly as much as the cost of the trip.

“Instead of a fixed dollar amount the tip calculator will set the default tips at a percentage of the fare — 20 percent, 25 percent, or 30 percent,” Taxi and Limousine Commission Commissioner David Yassky told 1010 WINS. “The passenger can choose which of those are more appropriate or if the passenger wishes he or she could always enter any amount they choose.”

Yassky said the new tip system is designed to help passengers determine what the appropriate tip should be.

“Most people calculate tips as a percentage of the charge…so the idea is to give passengers default tip options that closer to what people do in practice,” he said.

Meanwhile, the big news in taxi service has been the city’s proposed fleet of 18,000 new livery cabs. The cabs will be allowed to pick up street hails in northern Manhattan and the four other boroughs starting later this year.

Also, according to the New York Times, under a plan to be released next month, backseat TV screens will not be required in the new cabs.

What do you think of the new taxi initiatives? Let us know below…

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  • richi maldano

    why a taxi driver has to pay for mrs.yasky”s conveniese ? why ? yes !!!! we pay 5 % on each credit card transaction when mrs.yasky using her credit card or mr. bloomberg”s girlfriend …. WHY ?it is their comfort ,they pay 5 % trans act fee .this is more important than my honking need money? here is one idea to make money .lots of money .give a 50 dollar ticket for each of jaywalker,or for a red light crossing ! can sombody from albany or washington remove the 50 cent mta tax from each taxi fair? hey ,,truth,, stop riding a taxi enjoy the stinky subway system, for 2.25…mrs. diamond please keep your eyes on our taxi industry u will have a lot of subject to write about …thank u ….richi m.

  • bullett

    Hey, use the subway. No one to tip.



  • a. boyle

    Since the fare includes 50cents to $1.50 to support the mta.I do not tip at all.

    • theclarkster

      I hope the next cabbie you get drives as slowly as possible to aggravate the hell out of you.

  • joe

    The only problem i have with taxis is the new widespread practice of riding around with the offduty sign on so the driver can bypass the meter or dictate the fare to the customer. It is epidemic and ignored by the city even after multiple complaint calls to 311 by myself and others. Forget about finding a free cab on a busy holiday like halloween or new years, and forget about it if the weather is bad. Where are the inspectors???



  • ElwoodBluez

    25-30% ??? Are these people insane?

  • truth

    the fares are already outrageous! many taxi drivers i’ve spoken to made 6 figures in 2011!!! many make $350-600 daily…especially those who take people back and forth to the airport. tips at 20, 25, 30%??????? THAT’S SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS!!! they don’t open the door, help with luggage, or even smile. no tip!

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