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  • Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting as management turmoil at the ride-hailing company deepens

    03/19/2017 4:28:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 62 replies
    Recode ^ | 3-19-17 | KARA SWISHER AND JOHANA BHUIYAN
    Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year. The move by the No. 2 exec, said sources, is directly related to the multiple controversies there, including explosive charges of sexism and sexual harassment. (UPDATE: Uber confirmed the departure and will be sending a statement. (UPDATE: Jones also confirmed the departure with a blistering assessment of the company. “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president...
  • Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans [Bloomberg Link Only]

    01/30/2017 12:25:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] | January 30, 2017 | Polly Mosendz and Shahien Nasiripour
  • Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

    10/25/2016 12:53:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A package of bills that would establish statewide, uniform regulations and an open market for transportation companies has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Importantly, it would also restrict local governments’ ability to manipulate this market. More than a year ago, the Michigan House passed a bill package related to ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. These companies are operating in some areas in Michigan, but they have been restricted by municipal regulators. The bills would explicitly make it legal for them to operate anywhere in the state, meaning that no matter where you live, you could start earning extra...
  • Know English? For New York Cabdrivers, That’s No Longer Required

    08/20/2016 10:23:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2016 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    Hail a yellow taxi in New York City, and there is a good chance the driver is from another country. Passengers are regularly exposed to a range of languages that span the globe, from Spanish to Bengali to Urdu. It can be charming, but also maddening for riders who feel that drivers do not understand where they want to go. Don’t you have to speak English, some wonder, to drive a taxi here? As of Friday, the answer is no. That is when new rules went into effect eliminating the requirement that taxi drivers take an English proficiency exam. Now,...
  • Move over Europe: Muslims 'raping U.S. women'(Uber drivers)

    03/22/2016 2:09:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 3-22-16 | LEO HOHMANN
    A growing number of drivers working for Uber, Lyft and similar taxi services have been accused of sexually assaulting female passengers. And many of them have Muslim names. Two Uber drivers – Hassan Ibrahim, 48, and Salim Salem, 47 – were charged last week in connection with sexual assaults against female college students at Michigan State University, the Detroit Free Press reported. The two men are accused of using their Uber driver jobs to prey upon college students. Ibrahim faces one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a Feb. 14 incident, according to East Lansing police. He...
  • Despite Opponents' Attacks, Uber is Just What Americans Need

    12/02/2015 4:44:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | Danni Ondraskova
    Editor's Note: This article was co-authored by Danni Ondraskova and Justin Haskins. Many people are already familiar with Uber, the highly lauded and criticized San Francisco-based company that offers its customers a car-share service through an eponymous app. Uber touts its service as a legitimate alternative to city taxis and other transportation services. Its website promises consumers the chance to "share experiences, woo the moment, and create an escape." Uber's opponents—usually controlled-obsessed regulatory zealots or competing taxi companies—question the safety of Uber's business model and point to alleged fluctuations in its service quality as signals of the service's inherent unreliability,...
  • Democrats Caring for the Common Man

    09/27/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 27, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    One of my favorite political stories comes from my friend Michelle Steel, an Orange County Supervisor and formerly a member of the State Board of Equalization in California (BOE). When on the BOE, which oversees much of the tax structure in California including sales tax, she served with Judy Chu who is now a Congresswoman (D-CA). In the eight years that Steel served on the BOE, she could only remember Chu voting in favor of the taxpayer once. But every time she went out somewhere with Chu, she would tell a story about her support for the taxpayers and tell...

    02/21/2015 10:55:51 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Vets Drive Yellow NYC ^ | 2/21/2015 | VetsDriveYellowNYC
  • The Million-Dollar New York City Taxi Medallion May Be a Thing of the Past (due to Uber)

    12/02/2014 2:01:45 PM PST · by dennisw · 3 replies
    slate ^ | Dec 1 | Alison Griswold
    Much has been made of the $1 million New York City taxi medallion—the ticket to operating a yellow cab. When a pair of them sold for more than $2.5 million in November 2013, the New York Times declared that the medallion, once "the emblem of a dream achieved for those who work hard enough to afford it," had become "a striking example of how exclusive some corners of New York have become." The dreams of cabdrivers became the fortunes of wealthy "corporate medallion" owners. Despite the still-recent entry of on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft into the New York...
  • Men Need Not Apply: Morning Joe Digs Idea of Women-Only Taxi Service

    09/09/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Are you an American who's tired of recent-immigrant cab drivers who can't find their way from Grand Central Station to the Empire State Building? Welcome to Ameri-Rides, the new taxi service for Americans only that guarantees you a native-born American driver!" -- apocryphal ad. How do you think that concept would go over on Morning Joe or anywhere else in the MSM? But when Morning Joe today discussed SheRides, a new taxi service that hires only women drivers and accepts only women passengers, all the panel members—Mika, Joe and Willie—dug the idea. The notion is that some women riders feel...
  • Uber Vs. The Status Quo

    08/27/2014 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 27, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat -- being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 -- is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber! Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services....
  • Rideshare Apps Prove to be Economic Boon for National and Local Economies

    07/03/2014 6:25:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 3, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    While plenty of ink has been spilled over the controversies in the states surrounding rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, less attention has been given to the new opportunities that these newly-ubiquitous companies have helped to create. To be sure, rideshare apps are popular with consumers because they offer an innovative twist on an outdated taxi system. But while wildly popular with consumers, these apps also create thousands of jobs and increase revenue for the national and local economies in which they operate. Over the past few years the rideshare boom, pioneered by Lyft and Uber, has taken the country...
  • It Costs Over $1 Million For A Licensed NYC Taxi

    11/19/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11/19/2013 | Zac Estrada
    Cab fares around Manhattan can be ridiculous, that's expected. But imagine paying more than $1 million just to own a licensed taxi in New York City. That's the reality now.The New York Times reported that the city's first taxi medallion auction since 2008 netted $200 million for the sale of 200 of the licenses, making the average price of entry to legally drive one of the roughly 15,000 yellow cabs is almost double what it was at that last auction. The medallion system goes back to the 1930s and was designed to keep the number of cabs limited to...
  • Free Taxi Cabs

    10/26/2013 8:29:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 26, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Until recently the taxi cab business in virtually every city in the country functioned like a medieval guild. And as Adam Smith might have predicted, we consumers are worse off for it. But for me at least, things have changed. Say I need a ride to the airport. I can tap an icon on my cellphone and a car will arrive, usually within five minutes. I normally take whatever vehicle is available; and that's most likely a black town car. But if I have several passengers with me and we have a lot of luggage, I can order a van....
  • Profiling

    07/24/2013 4:34:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | July 24, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    In the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, Police Capt. Louis Renault played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie "Casablanca," ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? He may have been, but what is profiling? Let's look at it. We can think of profiling as a method to economize on information costs by using easily observed physical characteristics as a proxy for some other characteristic more difficult or costlier to observe. For example, say you seek to hire people to manually unload trucks containing heavy merchandise. I'm...
  • Matier & Ross: Airport’s garage now Muslim house of worship

    06/09/2013 11:03:05 AM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jun 09 2013 at 4:02 am | Matier and Ross
    Here’s a sign of the changing times — Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray. Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing. For many cab drivers, that’s meant either lugging bottled water around or using one of the bathrooms inside the terminal to wash — a practice not always welcomed by airport passengers. So Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, 52, a Pakistani immigrant, collected some 300 signatures from fellow cabbies,...
  • Unhinged Bloomberg to Taxi CEO Who Beat Him in Court: 'I Am Going to DESTROY All you #@$%ing Guys!'

    05/22/2013 9:59:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I would say 'typical' statist tantrum when denied a fresh power-grab, yet this one is really a bit over the top...  The NY Post (via JWF) is reporting an incident where Mayor Bloomberg confronted a cab fleet operator in a private club over his recent court defeat re. his utopian 'Cab of the Future' program. Hissoner seems to have made quite an ass of himself in fact, threatening at the top of his lungs -with red face- while utilizing the 'F' word twice to underscore his point. And what's he all worked-up about? Seems his cab-replacement program (that was to...
  • Boston's Taxicab Mess--and the Oligopoly Behind It

    04/09/2013 5:48:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | April 8, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    SO THE MAYOR OF BOSTON, channeling his inner Captain Renault, is shocked – shocked! – to find that Boston's taxi industry is a rigged and pitiless racket. Why, until he read about it in the Boston Globe, Tom Menino never had a clue that in the city he has presided over for 20 years, cabbies are commonly treated like serfs, abused by multimillionaire owners who flout the law with impunity. If it hadn't been for the Spotlight team's detailed exposé, the mayor still wouldn't know about all those besieged Boston cab drivers, most of them immigrants, who have to work...
  • Bloomberg Replacing Iconic NYC Taxi Cabs with Hideous Nissan Minivan

    05/05/2011 4:55:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 5, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Talkin to me?  The hyperactive administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seen fit to replace the sixteen different models currently allowed to operate in the Five Burroughs as NYC cabs -including ubiquitous American sedans like the Crown Victoria (soon discontinued by Ford)- with just one centrally-planned choice (this guy used to call himself a Republican?): a Japanese minivan (built in Spain) that looks like it was styled over the telephone- and the designer's dog helped.  It was bad enough when we lost Checker... who needs to see Times Square packed with 200 of these butt-ugly grocery-getters? And although it's hard to deny...
  • 12 taxi drivers, fares killed in Mexican resort (ACAPULCO)

    02/20/2011 5:36:11 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Febuary 20, 2011 | Staff
    ACAPULCO, Mexico – A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the Mexican Open tennis tournament is scheduled to start. Acapulco has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf wars, and taxi drivers have often been targeted for extortion or recruited by the gangs to act as lookouts or transport drugs.
  • UANI Launches Taxi of Tomorrow Ad Campaign

    02/08/2011 8:18:45 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    United Against A Nuclear Iran ^ | February 8th, 2011 | UANI
    New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today ran ads in Metro New York newspapers that highlight its Taxi of Tomorrow Campaign. The ads have a circulation of over 350,000 in the New York metropolitan area. Click here to view the image of the ad. Referring to the ad campaign, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, said: UANI has called on New York City to refuse to award the Taxi of Tomorrow contract to companies that do business in Iran. We call on all New Yorkers to ensure the Mayor's office does not award the Taxi of Tomorrow...
  • NYC To Vote On Change To Taxi Driver Dress Code [underwear on outside a no-no!]

    12/15/2010 11:41:36 AM PST · by ETL · 10 replies
    AP via ^ | December 15, 2010 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is expected to vote Thursday on regulations governing a driver’s appearance. Such rules have been on the books for years. The current regulations prohibit underwear worn as outerwear. Tank tops and swimwear are also no-nos. ..."
  • Thirty-Nine Individuals Charged with Conspiring to Bribe Chair of D.C. Taxicab Commission

    10/09/2009 11:46:04 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Thirty-Nine Individuals Charged with Conspiring to Bribe Chair of D.C. Taxicab Commission WASHINGTON—Yitbarek Syume, 51, of Silver Spring, Maryland, Berhane Leghese, 47, of Arlington, Virginia, and Amanuel Ghirmazion, 53, of Hyattsville, Maryland, were indicted on bribery charges on October 1, 2009, by a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, announced Acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Persichini, Jr. The indictments, unsealed today, allege that Syume, Leghese, and Ghirmazion, conspired to bribe the Chairperson of the District of...
  • Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]

    11/26/2008 9:39:53 AM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 2,960 replies · 102,348+ views
    CNN IBN ^ | Wed, Nov 26, 2008
    Mumbai: At least 15 people have been injured in gunfights between two groups in at least three places in Mumbai on Thursday night. Details are sketchy but it is believed that two gangs fired at each other at outside CST Railway Terminus, Hotel Oberoi and the popular Café Leopold restaurant in Mumbai. The first shooting took place near the CST police station
  • BBC Radio host sacked after call to taxi firm requesting 'non-Asian' driver

    11/11/2008 3:53:32 PM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 377+ views
    A BBC Radio presenter has been sacked following a 'racist' call to a taxi firm, in which she requested a 'non-Asian' driver. Sam Mason told the operator that 'a guy with a turban would freak her daughter out'   insisting they send an English driver instead.The ex-glamour girl, 40, called the firm to order a taxi for her 14-year-old daughter off-air, while presenting her BBC Bristol radio show.After the operator branded her request 'racist', Mason insisted, claiming it wasn't the first time she had made the request.She said: 'A guy with a turban is going to freak her out. She's...
  • New York yellow cab owners sue over green plan

    09/09/2008 8:29:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 229+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/08 | Edith Honan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of New York taxi owners is suing the city over a plan to turn the entire fleet of cabs "green" by 2012, saying the plan compromises safety and is unconstitutional. Under the plan, promoted as an environmental model for other large cities, every new taxi must get at least 30 miles per gallon, a target now met by hybrid and clean diesel cars. The Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, an association of taxi owners accounting for about a quarter of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs, filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court late on...

    09/04/2007 4:44:58 AM PDT · by milford421 · 47 replies · 1,272+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/4/07 | Jeremy Olshan
    TAXI 'FEAR' HIKE STRIKE CABBIES: GPS TARGETS MUSLIMS By JEREMY OLSHAN Transit Reporter STREET FARE: Be prepared to walk, as some taxi drivers plan to strike for two days beginning tomorrow in an unusual ethnic dispute.September 4, 2007 -- Fear and paranoia are driving the taxi strike planned for tomorrow and Thursday, industry sources said yesterday. The global-positioning systems being installed in all 13,000 cabs will be used to target and spy on Muslims, according to pro-strike literature being distributed by members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, the group behind the two-day walkout. "This is where deep racial,...
  • Shooting investigation leads police onto possible terror plot

    07/17/2007 10:21:17 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 12 replies · 714+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | 07/17/2007 | Charlie Triemert, Web Producer
    A search warrant filed in Hennepin County connects a shooting investigation to a possible terror plot. According to court documents, four Somali teenage males were riding in a cab on June 24 the same night a man was shot in the chest around 9:00 p.m. Video surveillance at the Glendale Housing Projects captured the cab fleeing near the scene of the shooting. Police were able to identify the taxicab and located the vehicle at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport four days later. Inside the cab, police found a handwritten note describing acts of terrorism and bombings. Police questioned an 18-year-old relative...
  • I Told You So: The Muslim Doctor Terrorists Are No Surprise (Debbie Schlussel)

    07/06/2007 5:04:42 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies · 2,002+ views
    Debbie ^ | July 5, 2007 | Debbie Schlussel
    I Told You So: The Muslim Doctor Terrorists Are No Surprise; Revealing Muslim Doctors' Oath By Debbie Schlussel It's the doctors, stupid! I'm not sure why everyone is so shocked that all eight suspects in the attempted British terrorist attacks of last week are Medical Doctors (and that ALL eight suspects are tied to the British national healthcare system, the NHS). Readers of this site aren't surprised by the doctor terrorists. First, Do Harm As you'll recall, in my mid-May column, "When Your Doctor is a Muslim: Medical Terrorism Comes to America," I wrote about many of the doctors who've...
  • Refusing work duties due to faith ...

    06/21/2007 4:14:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 327+ views
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 6/21/2007 | Michelle Martin
    Refusing work duties due to faith – Legal cases rise as believers say job aspects inconsistent with religion By Michelle Martin6/21/2007 Our Sunday Visitor HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Our Sunday Visitor) – When some Muslim cab drivers in the Twin Cities began refusing to pick up passengers who were carrying alcohol — either from the duty-free shops or as souvenirs from vacation spots — it caused a small media blip.But when the Metropolitan Airports Commission considered allowing cabs to display a different colored light if they would not transport alcohol, it generated a torrent of public response, nearly all negative. In...
  • Airport taxi controversy: Why here? (MN)

    03/13/2007 3:23:12 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies · 867+ views
    Garowe Online ^ | 3/12/07 | EMILY GURNON/Pioneer Press
    Muslim taxi drivers serve airports throughout the country. Yet a dispute about cabbies refusing on religious grounds to take passengers with alcohol has flared only in the Twin Cities. Some Muslim leaders said the alcohol controversy is part of a larger ideological clash within Minnesota's growing Somali community, which they said helps explain why the issue erupted here without spreading to other cities. "There is a group of orthodox Islamic groups who are using the Somali community," said Martin Mohamed, head of the Immigrant Credit Education and Financial Counseling Agency in Minneapolis. "We have seen this all the time. They...
  • Airport cab drivers may have licenses suspended for refusing to carry fares

    01/03/2007 10:26:53 PM PST · by Man50D · 47 replies · 1,446+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | January 3, 2007 | TAD VEZNER
    Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport officials say too many cabdrivers are refusing to carry airport travelers, apparently due to religious beliefs. So during a Wednesday meeting of the Metropolitan Airports Commission's management and operations committee, officials suggested a heavy-fisted solution — drivers who refused such fares would have their airport licenses suspended. Airport director Steve Wareham asked the committee to suggest to the full commission that they slate public hearings on whether to revise its taxi ordinance. The revision would suspend the airport license of any cabdriver refusing a passenger who is not life-threatening or intoxicated. Suspension would last 30 days...
  • Airport Wants To Crack Down On (Muslim) Taxi Drivers (Minneapolis)

    01/03/2007 6:00:28 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 62 replies · 1,936+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/3/07 | John Reinan
    Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport wants to crack down on Muslim taxi drivers who refuse to carry alcohol or service dogs in their cabs. At a meeting Wednesday of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, airport staff asked the commission to give the go-ahead for public hearings on a tougher policy that would suspend the licenses of drivers who refuse service for any reason other than safety concerns. Drivers who refuse to accept passengers transporting alcohol or service dogs would have their airport licenses suspended 30 days for the first offense and two years for the second offense, according to a revised taxi...
  • Don't bring that booze into my taxi!

    10/11/2006 4:36:37 AM PDT · by Alouette · 64 replies · 1,549+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 11, 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    A minor issue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has potentially major implications for the future of Islam in the United States. Some Muslim taxi drivers serving the airport declared, starting about a decade ago, that they would not transport passengers visibly carrying alcohol, for example, in transparent duty-free shopping bags. This stance stemmed from their understanding of the Koran's ban on alcohol. A driver named Fuad Omar explained: "This is our religion. We could be punished in the afterlife if we agree to [transport alcohol]. This is a Koran issue. This came from heaven." Another driver, Muhamed Mursal, echoed...
  • Airport Check-in: Fare refusals in Minnesota(based on Islam)

    09/19/2006 5:09:42 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 112 replies · 3,894+ views
    USAToday | 09/18/06 | Roger Yu
    I would be raising hell if this happened to me. can't post link but not surprisingly the airport officials are folding.
  • MT: Burns says terrorists drive taxis by day

    08/31/2006 11:46:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/06 | Matt Gouras - ap
    BELGRADE, Mont. - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record), whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night." During a fundraiser Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush, the three-term Montana senator talked about terrorism, tax cuts and the money he has brought to his state. Burns is one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents, facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Tester. He has drawn criticism in recent weeks for calling his house painter a "nice little Guatemalan...
  • Taking taxis in big cities causes major headaches

    01/04/2006 9:21:51 AM PST · by Willie Green · 208+ views
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 2006-01-03 | China Daily
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. BEIJING, Jan. 3 -- The Spring Festival holiday is only a few weeks away and the country is bracing for the travel craze that will tax the nationwide transportation network to its limit. While the media spotlight, as usual, is focused on the railway operators and the airline companies, many of the perennial problems that have been irking the travelling public daily have largely been ignored for years. Let's take Beijing Railway Station. Everybody who arrives at the capital by train, and they number in the tens of millions each year,...
  • Hybrid Cabs Debut in New York City

    11/11/2005 5:56:34 PM PST · by kingattax · 21 replies · 578+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-10-05 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK (AP) - Hybrid taxis that get double the gas mileage of traditional cabs while generating far less pollution have begun rolling in small numbers on New York's streets. Delighted environmentalists, city officials and the chairman of Ford Motor Co. (F) posed with the owner of the first hybrid cabs atop a Manhattan auto showroom Thursday to belatedly celebrate last week's quiet debut of the vehicles. For now, there are only six of the bright yellow Ford Escapes in the city's fleet of more than 12,000 taxis, but owner Gene Freidman said he planned to have 18 on the...
  • Cabbies axed for talking politics

    06/24/2005 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 284+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 June 2005 | Ashley Gardiner
    PESTERING passengers about politics or religion could cost taxi drivers their jobs under a proposed Victorian code of conduct. Foreign flags and religious symbols would also have to be kept out of passengers' sight. But the Australian flag and coat of arms would be exempt from any ban, according to a draft of the code seen by the Herald Sun. The taxi industry says tensions arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are behind the proposals. Official complaints against taxi drivers jumped by 45 per cent from 2002 to 2004. The State Government last night said it had...

    01/12/2005 2:35:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 823+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 12, 2005 | SELIM ALGAR
    A woman who left her purse in a taxi got it back — with $13,300 inside — thanks to a Long Island cabby, the cab company said. The passenger who got into Glenn Scher's cab with two companions outside St. Catherine's Hospital in Commack at 2 a.m. Sunday had just lost her husband, who died after he suffered a heart attack the day before, a dispatcher at Lindy's Taxi said yesterday.
  • Shot livery driver told wife he was in Kuwait

    02/09/2004 1:22:13 AM PST · by sarcasm · 20 replies · 333+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | February 9, 2004 | TONY SCLAFANI and BILL EGBERT
    A livery driver with a mysterious personal life was seriously wounded yesterday in Queens, becoming the first livery hack shot on the job in more than a year. Police have neither suspect nor motive in the 2:30 a.m. wounding of Michael Goldberg, 36, at 253rd St. and 147th Drive, in Rosedale. But the incident was even more puzzling to his wife, who said she had believed Goldberg was in Kuwait with his parents. Kate Bontoyan, 52, rushed to her husband's side in the intensive care unit at Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he communicated by writing notes. She said he went...