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New System To Alert You Of Charges In Taxis

Taxis on 7th Avenue in Manhattan - Sep 12, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Taxis on 7th Avenue in Manhattan – Sep 12, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - If you see a flashing alert coming from your taxi TV screen, you should probably pay attention.

WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane On The Story

The Taxi and Limousine Commission has been digging through tens of millions of rides, and finds evidence that fewer than 70 cabbies have been overcharging.

According to their records, they say 67 cabbies appear to have chronically charged bogus bridge and tunnel tolls.

Now, a new system is being rolled out that will display such charges on backseat TV screens and help you avoid getting overcharged.

On 7th Avenue on Wednesday, one cabbie told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane that savvy riders and the enforcement threat helps keep things on the up and up.

“You ever try and sneak something past them for a couple extra bucks?” asked Murnane.

“Never, man. Come on,” the cabbie said. “You’re not the TLC, right? Be careful.”

The fare investigation was launched on evidence that one driver appeared to have tried the toll trick hundreds of times.

Have you ever been overcharged in a taxi? Share your story in the comments section below.