“Trucks, buses, vans, SUVs and cars are basically blowing frozen ice,” New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo said. “When you’re going 40, 50, 60 miles an hour on a highway and that ice hits your windshield, it could basically cause a fatality.”
Mateo said dozens of cabbies have had accidents this winter because of the snow.
He’s asking the de Blasio administration and state lawmakers to revisit a bill introduced in 2009 that would impose penalties.
“And $1,000 should just be a warning because if you take someone’s life because of your carelessness, you should pay for it,” said Mateo. “We don’t want to wait until we’re burying a few people, we want to do it now.”
Mateo said there’s a precedent for fining drivers who don’t clear snow and ice off their cars.