Taxi drivers’ advocates on Wednesday lauded the City Council for passing a bill requiring stickers in cabs warning of the penalties for assaults on drivers.
A Labor Department study said that taxi drivers are 20 times more likely to be killed on the job than other workers. Now, fed up cabbies want action.
A plan has been introduced to track New York City cabs, in an effort to curb speeding and other dangerous driving habits.
Some cabbies turned in petitions over the six cents per fare fee, but other drivers said the money will go to good use.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Thursday to approve a proposed fare increase. The vote was approved 6-2, with one abstention.
New Yorkers may soon pay a little more for taking a cab: The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission held a public hearing on Monday to discuss a proposal that includes a possible increase in taxi fares.
Cabbies jammed the hearing room on Beaver Street, waiving signs urging what would be the first fare hike in six years.
Sajjad Matin, 42, had to have his left leg amputated after being hit last Thursday when he was unloading a passenger’s luggage.
Participants in the 2-hour meeting said a deal got close, but failed to produce an agreement to allow livery drivers to legally pick up street hails.
Solano, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor assault in the October 2 incident in which cabbie Haroon Rashid was punched and bitten.
Haroon Rashid, 40, told 1010 WINS that after he was allegedly assaulted by a passenger, police told him that they could “both go to jail” or “just go away.”
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, led by Bhairavi Desai, once again pushed for an increase of 50 cents on the per-mile metered rate and a 10-cent bump for idling charges.
There’s a new crackdown underway. Newly released undercover video shows a driver denying a man a ride. Rather than go to an out-of-Manhattan address, this driver left a paying customer in the dust.
Some cabbies said Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal of allowing some livery cabs to accept street hails in the outer boroughs would adversely affect them.