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The Taxi News for Wednesday December 11, 2013
driver fatally shot; no suspects
WTVT-TV Channel 13 - (Tampa, Florida)
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 5:01 AM EST
By: Aaron Mesmer, FOX 13 News - bio
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
A taxi cab driver was robbed and shot to death over the
weekend by two of his customers, Tampa police said Monday.
Investigators said John Dooley, 56, had picked up his
passengers and taken them to the intersection of East Eskimo
Avenue and North 18th Street Sunday night.
Witnesses told authorities they heard a gunshot and saw two
men running from the vehicle.
"The cab driver, he was doing his job," said Janelle
McGregor, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department.
"He was called to give someone a ride somewhere and he
picked those two individuals as customers, not realizing
that they would be his final fare."
The shooting made for an emotional day at Yellow Cab Company
of Tampa, where Dooley worked for 32 years. - more....
York City Taxi Calendar: My Cabbie Is A Centerfold!
KUTV-TV Channel 2 - (Salt Lake City, Utah)
(CNN) -- If you've ever been inside a New York City taxicab,
then you know how it goes: Bark your destination, try to
hold your lunch down as you whip around Manhattan, then
throw down some cash or swipe your card before you're on
your very, very busy way.
But there's a real person who sits behind that steering
wheel, and a handful of men from this largely anonymous
profession are letting it all hang out in a calendar for the
upcoming year. All of the proceeds from the project --
filled with smoldering stares, winks and kissy faces -- are
going to help a good cause, too.
Philip Kirkman, 31, is a freelance writer and filmmaker who
came up with the idea after creating a similar calendar last
year as a gag gift for his sister-in-law. Just imagine:
Kirkman's oldest brother, a 39-year-old carpenter, lying on
the floor naked with a rose clenched between his teeth and a
case of beer in front of his private parts. Need we say
Shannon McLaughlin is Kirkman's fiancee and the photographer
who captured all the shots for that calendar. McLaughlin,
30, said the pair considered deliverymen and transit workers
as possible models for a new calendar that they hoped would
have a broader appeal.
"What's really iconic about New York? You think immediately
of yellow taxis," McLaughlin said. She said the drivers of
those taxis have "unique and dynamic stories, and we really
wanted to celebrate a group that is under-celebrated -- a
group that is working very, very hard to support their
So the idea for the NYC Taxi Drivers 2014 Beefcake Calendar
was born, and all Kirkman and McLaughlin needed were a few
energetic models. They posted an online ad, describing
exactly what they were looking for, and whittled the pool of
cabbie candidates down to seven men, who were each paid $100
for an hour of their time.
What they discovered was that each driver had his own unique
immigration story. This gave the creative duo the idea to
donate all of the proceeds from the $14.99 calendars to the
University Settlement, which provides basic services like
education and housing to more than 30,000 immigrant and
working families each year.
While the seven drivers come from all different parts of the
world -- Pakistan, India, Morocco, Poland, Venezuela and the
United Kingdom -- they share a love for their work.
"I love my job and my customers," Jose Valero, 53, told HLN.
"I try to be very, very polite with (my customers). I feel
very concerned with them. I feel that New Yorkers and
tourists love the taxi driver in New York." - more....
Create New York City Taxi Driver Calendar
ABC News - (Internet)
cabbie offers rides for food donations
Asheville Citizen-Times - (Asheville, North Carolina)
Dec. 9, 2013 9:52 PM |
ASHEVILLE — As he goes to sleep each night in the back seat
of his taxi cab, Demetris Jones has a thick blanket to keep
him warm — and big dreams to boost his spirits.
He is plotting nothing less than a transportation empire,
but with a humanitarian twist. From noon-6 p.m. on Sundays,
you can catch a ride in his taxi for five cans of food that
he will donate to MANNA FoodBank.
Jones started his company, Illski Transports, in August and
added the canned food fare option in September.
“I’ve been hungry,” said Jones, 37, who recalls times during
his youth when flour and sugar were the only food items in
his house. “I have a thing in my heart for people who are in
that situation. This is a chance for me to provide something
for other people.”
Technically, he is homeless, but Jones says he is far from
destitute. He has money to pay for an apartment, but for now
his 1999 white Crown Victoria, a former police cruiser from
Madison County, is his office and his home. He believes
living in the cab, connected to clients and potential
clients by his smart phone, has sharpened his focus and
determination to succeed.
“If I put my savings into an apartment, it may hinder me
from operating the company,” Jones said. - more....
ready for Uber to hit overdrive with delivery biz
Cnet - (Internet)
The app-centric ride service has built a network of cars
that can carry people -- but in the future, it'll carry more
by Stephen Shankland
December 10, 2013 3:52 AM PST
PARIS -- Uber's network of cars today transports people with
a taxi-like service, but in the future, it'll carry more
than that, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said Tuesday.
"We need to stamp out an urban logistics fabric in every
city in the world, then it's figuring out other things we
can do with that fabric," he said at the LeWeb show here.
"It's going to be interesting for us in 2014."
Uber, with 500 employees, recently raised $260 million in
funding with a valuation of $3.45 billion. It's now
concentrating on expanding in China, Malaysia, Singapore,
South Korea, and other Asian countries, and in dealing with
new competitive threats such as ride-sharing services,
"Once you're in the business of delivering cars in five
minutes, there are a lot of things you can deliver in five
--Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber
The company rose to prominence with an app that lets people
page cars in many cities and pay automatically based on how
long their trip is. It's tangling with the taxi business in
many areas -- the city of New Orleans, for instance, sent a
cease-and-desist letter, even though the company doesn't
operate there -- but moving into logistics could mean that
FedEx, DHL, and UPS also could become irritated.
"Today, we are in the business of delivering cars in five
minutes. Once you're in the business of delivering cars in
five minutes, there are a lot of things you can deliver in
five minutes," Kalanick said. The company has experimented
with delivering Christmas trees, ice cream, and roses, he
added. - more....
|Europe, Africa, and the Middle
knowledge: insights from four London cabbies
Time Out London - (London, England)
Posted at 1:30 pm, December 9, 2013 in Secret London,
They might have internal satnavs, but what do London’s
cabbies really know about the city? From good fish suppers
to bad loo breaks and worse passengers, four of London’s
finest share what they’ve learned on the job. Interviews by
‘Cabbies need two things. The first is a safe place to park.
If you’ve got your money bag on you, you’re a target. If you
leave it behind, your cab’s a target.’
‘The second thing is toilet breaks. And it’s not easy. Pubs,
restaurants, hotels – none of them want you in there. I
challenge you to go in the main door of a hotel and get to
the toilet! You’ve no chance. There’s the “iron lung” on
Horseferry Road – that’s what we call the toilet there – but
it’s full of winos. You’ll find a turd on the floor.’
‘I’ll tell you some good places to go round there. Astral
Gate is run by a Maltese guy called Tony. It’s a piccolo
café with good pasta. Then there’s the Regency Café which is
like stepping back in time. It’s got atmosphere, you know?’
‘Café Maya, opposite Mount Pleasant post office, is a good
caff. Bacon sarnie and a mug of tea for £3. The Wonder Café
out in Hillingdon as well. Though you come out smelling like
a chef’s jockstrap.’
‘I don’t mind a chat while I’m working. In the past you used
to be able to have a conversation, but these days 85 percent
of customers use their ride in the cab to get on the phone
or use their laptop. It’s dead time to them.’
‘I do taxi tours too, showing people London’s secret gems.
Like Berry Bros & Rudd. It’s a wine shop on St James’s
Street which has two acres of storage underground – it’s
‘The drivers themselves have histories. You get people who
used to work on the docks or on Fleet Street. So much of
London’s past is hidden.’ - more....
taxi driver from Chennai hacked to death in Chengalpet
The Times of India - (Chennai, India)
Selvaraj A,TNN | Dec 10, 2013, 07.56 PM IST
CHENNAI: A 32-year-old call taxi driver from Chennai was
hacked to death by two unidentified men near Chengalpet on
Police identified the deceased as A Abdul Wahab, a resident
of Kotturpuram in Chennai. Wahab went to Chengalpet to meet
his mother and sister who live in Thattan Malai Street.
Eyewitnesses told the police that the assailants had come on
a bike and intercepted Wahab. On spotting them, Wahab tried
to escape. However, they caught him and left the scene after
hacking him several times.
On being informed, a team led by Chengalpet deputy
superintendent of police M Kumar went to the spot and rushed
him to Chengalpet Government Hospital, where doctors
declared him dead on arrival.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that the assailants, hailing
from Indira Nagar in Chengalpet, murdered Wahab due to
The Chengalpet town police registered a case and launched a
hunt for the accused. - more....
of Taxi Murder Victim Sue Company for 1Mln Yuan
China Radio International - (Beijing, China)
CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Liu
Hearing began in Chaoyang Court on Monday of parents who are
seeking over one million yuan in compensation from Beijing
Wanfang Taxi Company after one of its drivers was found
guilty of raping and murdering their 22-year-old daughter in
October of last year, the Beijing Morning Post reports.
Chen Yun, the 31-year-old taxi driver, picked up the victim,
which the report identifies as Sang, on the morning of Oct.
2, 2012. Chen took the woman to his rental house in
Beijing's suburban Miyun District, where he raped and
murdered her. Beijing Second Intermediate Court sentenced
Chen to death after finding him guilty of intentional
homicide and theft in July of this year.
Parents of the victim believe that Beijing Wanfang Taxi
Company is complicit in their daughter's death. As Chen
Yun's supervisor and owner of his taxi, the company failed
to carry out law-related safety training and manage its
employees. Sang's parents claim that the taxi company owes
them a total of 1.04 million yuan (about 170 thousand US
dollar) in compensation for their daughter's demise. - more....
drivers fined after complaints
The West Australian - (Perth, Australia)
Rhianna King, The West Australian Updated December 11, 2013,
Taxi drivers fined after complaints
More than 15 complaints a week have been lodged against taxi
drivers in the past five months, including one case which
resulted in a driver being fined for kicking a disabled man
out of his cab.
Figures provided by the Department of Transport reveal 83 of
the 352 complaints from passengers lodged since July 1
involve refusal of service.
Twenty-one of those complaints resulted in drivers being
fined $200, including one who kicked a wheelchair-bound Mt
Nasura man out of a taxi.
Tracey Moore's 20-year-old son, who did not want to be
identified, was travelling with a friend from North Perth to
his home about 3am on November 30 when the taxi driver
pulled over in Maylands and kicked the pair out.
Ms Moore's son, who suffered a brain injury in a hit-and-run
incident several years ago, then called another cab which
took him home.
Ms Moore complained to the Department of Transport and the
driver was fined $200.
"I was quite angry about it," Ms Moore said yesterday. "He
should be sacked.
"It's against the law to kick someone out who is in a
wheelchair. Who is to say he hasn't done it before and won't
do it again." - more....
Updated dec 10 @ 19:24 GMT
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