New York City can barely give away green taxi licenses as would-be drivers for the much ballyhooed outer-borough cabs are migrating to e-hail taxis.
The green “boro taxis” were created to expand cabs that stop for street hails into the five boroughs.The city was authorized by state law in 2013 to sell up to 18,000 permits, at $3,000 a pop, over three years. The first 6,000 sold– though many have been returned or taken out of use. From the second batch of permits issued under the de Blasio administration in 2014, there are still 3,882 permits left, the Daily News writes.
About 700 people have expressed some interest in buying them, but few are expected to go through with a purchase. Even if the TLC sells the second trance, the city will still have a final batch of 6,000 left.
The root cause of the program’s failure is that would-be taxi driver can operate even more cheaply and without burdensome regulations– especially onerous wheelchair accessibility requirements– by signing on with Uber.
New York City can barely give away green taxi licenses as would-be drivers for the much ballyhooed outer-borough cabs are migrating to e-hail taxis. Thousands of available permits sitting unsold and there only hundreds of interested buyers, if that many, according to the New York Daily News. The green “boro taxis” were created to expand cabs […]
In a ruling that reversed his his earlier reasoning in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton held that Boston and Massachusetts taxi regulations probably violated the constitutional rights of medallion taxi owners because taxi owners are being held to a different standard than Uber and other e-hail taxis, which are unregulated by the city. Judge Gorton ordered the city of Boston to revise its taxi regulations within six months, and to give the court a good reason why the city shouldn’t be forced to regulate taxis and other ride-hailing services in the same way.
In a ruling that reversed his his earlier reasoning in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton held that Boston and Massachusetts taxi regulations probably violated the constitutional rights of medallion taxi owners because taxi owners are being held to a different standard than Uber and other e-hail taxis, which are unregulated by the […]
A few members of the City Council, apparently with a lot of time on their hands, have proposed legislation that would require a “panic button” be installed in the backseat of taxis. It’s a bonehead idea at best. But it’s also vaguely racist and generally slanderous. It should be swiftly and emphatically abandoned.
The bill is sponsored by Laurie A. Cumbo, a Brooklyn Democrat, who says she is promoting safety. And no one is against safety, right? The problem is that a taxicab—at least for the passenger—is already an exceedingly safe place. But Cumbo seems entirely unaware of the facts. While in the last year or so there has been one highly publicized sexual assault conviction of a taxi driver and another widely reported allegation. But these are one-in-a-million events.
Overall, the fact is that taxi drivers are unusually law-abiding. They are arrested at a fraction of the rate of the general public. They are almost never convicted of a violent crime. And in those exceedingly rare cases, the crime is nearly always off-duty, not against a passenger. Inside a taxi, the passenger can see the driver’s name and his license number. There is an electronic record of who is driving the cab. While anything is possible, all of these factors make driver-on-passenger assaults exceedingly unlikely as well as historically extremely rare. All told, taxi drivers are arrested at less than 1/3 the rate of the public at large (even though they have much more contact than average with the police).
Cumbo is immune to these facts. She told the New York Times, “Once you step into a cab and the doors are locked, you are very much at the will of the driver.”
So the panic button idea is itself based on panic, not real danger. If that were the only thing at stake, it would be easy to laugh off as just another silly piece of legislation. But that is not all. The panic button idea is an insult to the hardworking, mostly immigrants taxi drivers who do not deserve to be portrayed as predators-in-waiting.
The worst part is that the TLC, while not backing Cumbo’s bill, has spread similar panic itself. I am a lawyer is two long-running class action lawsuits where the TLC has adopted Cumbo’s unbaked logic. One case is based on the TLC policy of suspending cab drivers who are arrested (not convicted) of a crime. The other is based on the TLC policy of revoking the license of cabdrivers who are convicted. In both cases the TLC acts even if the crime is totally off-duty and without any regard for the driver’s overall record.
In both cases, the TLC has defended its policy with statements very much like Cumbo’s. That taxi drivers are often foreign born and dark-skinned makes this fear easier to sell.
The TLC’s legal position is that they cannot be bothered with the facts or even an investigation. The TLC says it must act first and question later because these cabbies might be dangerous—even if very few, if any, of them actually are dangerous.
When pressed, the TLC has admitted the truth. Charles Fraser, then the general counsel of the TLC, admitted in a sworn statement that over a four- year period, just two taxi drivers were convicted of “violence related” offenses. It is not two per year; it’s two in four years. Fraser later testified that neither occurred while the driver was on duty. And to say something is “violence-related” does not even mean the act was actually violent as most people understand the term. Also, you have to consider the context. There are roughly 100,000 taxi drivers. So if one (or even two) per year is convicted of a serious offense, it really means that cabdrivers as a group are still extraordinarily non-violent.
If anyone in a taxi is at risk, it’s the driver. According to the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, taxi drivers are between 21 to 33 times more likely to be murdered than other workers. If the City Council is looking for problems to solve, here is a real one. But a taxi driver assaulting a passenger is a non-problem. So let’s install those panic buttons, but only after crime everywhere else is eradicated and just after we put diapers on horses.
A few members of the City Council, apparently with a lot of time on their hands, have proposed legislation that would require a “panic button” be installed in the backseat of taxis. It’s a bonehead idea at best. But it’s also vaguely racist and generally slanderous. It should be swiftly and emphatically abandoned. The bill […]
Massachusetts’ top court says taxi drivers may be treated as independent contractors rather than employees. This ruling should come as no surprise since taxi drivers have been being paid and treated as independent contractors almost everywhere for decades. The decision, reported by BetaBoston.com, is in response to a suit against traditional taxi companies. The […]
Uber is facing a new legal challenge: a lawuit by blind passengers accusing it of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it will not transport guide dogs. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a “travel service” subject to potential liability […]
In what may be a classic case of an everyday event becoming news simply because it was caught on video, a New York Police Department detective was forced to apologize when his angry exchange with an Uber driver went viral. The detective, Patrick Cherry, was placed on modified assignment. He also faces suspension, reassignment or loss of his clearance.
The video picks up seconds after the detective began yelling at the driver and mocking his accent, and also shows the unmarked car with lights flashing pulled over behind the Uber car.
In the video, the detective tells the driver he has committed “three traffic and law violations” and then becomes irate and uses expletives toward the comparably calm driver.
A visibly upset Police Commissioner William Bratton on Wednesday said the detective was placed on modified assignment pending an investigation.
‘No good cop can watch that without a wince,’ [Bratton] told reporters. “As all good cops know … the officer made their jobs a little bit harder. That kind of anger like that is unacceptable in any encounter; discourtesy like that and language like that is unacceptable. That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.”
In what may be a classic case of an everyday event becoming news simply because it was caught on video, a New York Police Department detective was forced to apologize when his angry exchange with an Uber driver went viral. The detective, Patrick Cherry, was placed on modified assignment. He also faces suspension, reassignment or loss of […]
Annie sang: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, you’re always a day away!”
And so it is with the Taxi of Tomorrow.
The planed rollout has been delayed again by a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals. The court, the state’s highest, granted a stay in a continuing appeal over the vehicle.
The puts efforts to phase in the Nissan NV200 as the only acceptable New York yellow taxi on hold while the court decides an appeal brought by a a prominent taxi owners group. The NYC TLC had April 20 as the date after which most taxi owners would have to switch to the new vehicle when they retire their cabs.
The Greater New York Taxi Association has opposed the NV200, arguing that the Bloomberg administration exceeded its authority by trying to force drivers to buy a certain vehicle. Traditionally, the TLC had established standards for taxicabs, but allowed any car that met those standards to be used as a yellow cab. The TLC’s long-delayed plan does not apply to livery cabs or black cars, which now outnumber yellow cabs.
Annie sang: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, you’re always a day away!” And so it is with the Taxi of Tomorrow.The planed rollout has been delayed again by a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals. The court, the state’s highest, granted a stay in a continuing appeal over the vehicle.The puts efforts to phase in the Nissan […]
The City of Chicago has billed a taxi driver for $10,000 in court costs after the driver’s suit claiming that the drivers should be deemed city employees was dismissed. The driver, Melissa Callahan said, “That was a big shock,” and she is pursuing an appeal. Callahan will need lots of luck. Cab drivers have, for […]
Bloomberg business has a feature on what it calls “Big Taxi’s” war on Uber. Its thesis: “These firms want to kill the young juggernaut—or at least buy themselves enough time to develop rival car-hailing apps.”
In the U.S. and abroad—where most transportation regulations dictate things like minimum pricing and advance booking times—Uber’s strategy has been to launch services regardless of the rules and then leverage its popularity to force regulators to adapt. So far, that approach has succeeded in about 30 markets in North America, including Colorado, Illinois, and California, where new laws on licensing and safety have been created for so-called transportation network companies like Uber, or are in the process of being approved.
Bloomberg business has a feature on what it calls “Big Taxi’s” war on Uber. Its thesis: “These firms want to kill the young juggernaut—or at least buy themselves enough time to develop rival car-hailing apps.” But: “Probably no amount of media spin will win this one for Big Taxi. Uber is a textbook example of […]
Uber says it plans to add 10,000 cars to its existing NYC fleet of 13,000 all in 2015, according to a report in Crains New York Business. It will also bring some of its engineering operations to the city. Meanwhile, the company is saying that that it wants the TLC to grow to better handle […]
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