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The Taxi News for Saturday October 25, 2014
Tuschen taxi driver was stabbed six times – post-mortem
Stabroek News - (Georgetown, Guyana)
October 21, 2014 · By Staff Writer
Results of the post-mortem examination performed on the
remains of Abdool Hassim of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East
Bank Essequibo proved that he died as a result of six stab
wounds to neck.
Hassim, a taxi driver was attacked on a lonely street around
11 pm on Friday while reportedly transporting two males who
hired him from the car park at the head of the scheme. - more....
bail for chopping taxi driver
Trinidad Express - (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin
Story Created: Oct 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM ECT
A PAINTER who allegedly chopped taxi driver Georgie Shah and
damaged his car was denied bail by the court on Thursday.
Shah was said to be in serious but stable condition in
hospital, having sustained chop wounds to his hand and foot.
Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran remanded Everton Durity into
custody and asked that an update on Shah’s medical condition
be given to the court today.
Durity, 37, was charged with wounding Shah with intent to
cause grievous bodily harm. It was also alleged that last
Tuesday he maliciously damaged Shah’s car in the sum of
$6,170. - more....
Charles man gets 10 years in prison for robbing cabbie
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - (St. Louis, Missouri)
October 22, 2014 1:24 pm • By Susan Weich
ST. CHARLES COUNTY • An 18-year-old St. Charles man who held
up a taxi driver at an apartment complex was sentenced
Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Lashawn Donnell Wooten, of the 2400 block of Golfway Street
in St. Charles, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.
Prosecutors agreed to drop another charge of attempted
robbery in exchange for the guilty plea.
Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider handed down the sentence;
Wooten must serve 85 percent of it.
Wooten and two other St. Charles men — Torres Juwan Jacobs,
19, of the 1000 block of Trails of Sunbrook, and Christian
Brandan Mosley, 19, of the 3400 block of East Lime Kiln —
were arrested last November after they tried to rob a second
cabbie who turned out to be an undercover police officer. -
Drivers Demand Signs Reminding Passengers Not to Try to
The Village Voice - (New York City, New York)
By Katie Toth Wed., Oct. 22 2014 at 7:02 AM
These guys are tired of your crap.
New York taxi drivers are mad as hell, and they're not going
to take it anymore.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cab
drivers and chauffeurs accounted for 53 of the 4,405
Americans killed on the job in 2013. Their workplace
fatality rate is 130 percent higher than the national
average. And in New York, eight cabbies were assaulted in
2014, according to data from the New York Taxi Workers
That's why drivers rallied in front of City Hall on Tuesday
afternoon, urging the City Council to pass a bill that would
require that signs be posted in all city-licensed taxis to
remind passengers that assaulting a cab driver could land
them in jail. For a long time. The signs, as suggested by
the council bill, would read:
ASSAULTING A TAXI OR LIVERY DRIVER IS
PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON.
Mamnun Ul Haq, a co-founder of the New York Taxi Workers
Alliance, which has lobbied the council to push for the
signs, was joined at the rally by other drivers and
councilmembers who supported the bill. He says the idea to
propose the signs came to him in a hospital bed as he
recovered from being stabbed on the job: "I can't even tell
you how painful it was," he tells the Voice. - more....
Council passes bill to require signs in taxis warning
against assaulting drivers
New York Daily News - (New York City, New York)
BY Erin Durkin
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:59 PM
Taxis will soon display signs warning of penalties of
assaulting the driver. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Taxis will soon display signs warning of penalties of
assaulting the driver.
Every taxi and livery car will have to display a sign
warning passengers that beating up their driver carries hard
time, under a bill passed by the City Council Wednesday.
The legislation requires yellow and green taxis and livery
cars to install signs that read, “Assaulting a taxi or
livery driver is punishable up to 25 years in prison.”
Taxi drivers say they work under constant threat of
violence, and are 20 times more likely to be killed on the
job than the average worker.
So far this year, there have been 40 assaults against
drivers. - more....
owners to fight ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ in Court of Appeals
New York Post - (New York City, New York)
By Julia Marsh
October 23, 2014 | 1:02pm
Taxi fleet owners’ fight to defeat former Mayor Michael
Bloomberg’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan kicked into high gear
Thursday when they got the green light to bring their case
to the state’s highest court.
The plan has been stop and go since 2013, when a lower court
judge blocked the rollout of Bloomberg’s favored Nissan
NV200, saying the then-mayor exceeded his authority by
anointing one type of vehicle for the city’s entire yellow
But a year later, a mid-level appeals court said the Nissans
could hit the road because the TLC, acting under Bloomberg,
was responsible for producing a “21st century” cab.
The plan was a hallmark of Bloomberg’s tenure that has since
been adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio. - more....
Takes This Guy An Hour To Get A Taxi In NYC. And That’s
One of His Better Options.
Independent Journal Review - (Internet)
By Charles Samuel
It’s not this man’s legs that are holding him back. Not when
New York City’s commuter options for citizens with
wheelchairs haven’t been updated to consider the times and
In a short
video, the Vocativ film crew follows NYC music
producer Scott Hard as he attempts to hail a taxi in the
city. There’s just one problem: Hard is paralyzed from the
waist down and confined to a wheelchair, and NYC just isn’t
optimized for wheelchair travelers.
As he hails for a taxi with his arm stretched out, Hard
explains that the vehicles that can give him a lift look
They have to be either a minivan or these
kinda boxy ones, and they… have a blue icon of a wheelchair
with a guy doing this.
Spoiler alert: those taxis don’t come around too often. - more....
taxis remain at Pearson airport despite crackdown
CBC News - (Toronto, Ontario)
CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2014 6:53 PM ET
A fleet of illegal taxis targeting unsuspecting travellers
have set up shop at Pearson International Airport, CBC News
Taxi drivers will approach travellers in the arrivals
pick-up and drop-off area of the airport, offering rides.
They will sometimes walk into the terminal to solicit rides
before passengers even make it outside.
The problem is these taxis are unlicensed and often charge
exorbitant fees — some reports have rides from the airport
costing as much as $70 in cash.
Both the police and airport are aware of the problem.
Pearson has brought in a private security firm to get a
handle on the situation. But the illicit taxis, known as
"He looked nice … clean. He looked decent," said MaryAnn
Nagy, who was set to ride in a scooper until a security
guard pointed her to the right direction.
"It's happening in every airport I travel through," she
said, "but I'm surprised they are this good at it here."
New York resident Fausto Publisi wasn't fooled.
"I'm not surprised. I guess it's just people trying to make
a living, trying to cut corners," he said.
Cab drivers want enforcement - more....
bidders for $475K taxi medallions
The Inquirer - (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: October 23, 2014
With Philadelphia taxi service facing an uncertain future,
no one was willing to bid Wednesday on new taxi medallions
offered for sale by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
The PPA had set a minimum bid of $475,000 for each of the
two medallions, based on recent private transactions of more
The new medallions are the first of 46 being offered for
sale this year by the PPA, and all must be used on new
wheelchair-accessible vehicles, in an effort to increase the
availability of taxis to wheelchair users.
Wednesday's auction, the first ever by the PPA, came amid
statewide debate over the efforts of "ride-share" companies
like Uber and Lyft to enter the Pennsylvania market.
The San Francisco-based ride-share companies connect people
looking for a ride with private car owners looking for extra
money. Their phone apps allow riders to summon a car, pay
for the service, and get a receipt, all electronically.
In Philadelphia, the PPA regulates taxis, and owners must
have a medallion to operate. In the rest of the state, where
medallions are not involved, the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission regulates the industry.
Dennis Weldon, general counsel for the PPA, said the
prospect of competition from Uber and Lyft might have made
bidders reluctant to meet the asking price, for fear the
medallions' value would fall.
Medallions have skyrocketed in value in recent years, going
for as much as $545,000 earlier this year, up from $65,000
in 2005. - more....
Driver Not at Risk of Catching Ebola, Officials Say
New York Observer - (New York City, New York)
By Polly Mosendz | 10/24/14 1:09am
Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday and is
currently quarantined at the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
His is the first case diagnosed in New York and the fourth
in the United States.
Dr. Spencer, who worked with Doctors Without Borders,
recently traveled to Guinea to offer his medical services to
those affected by the outbreak, returning late last week.
During his time in public, Dr. Spencer traveled on the A, L
and 1 trains. He also took an Uber taxi, sparking concern
about the safety of the Uber driver and the cleanliness of
the vehicle. - more....
Drivers Rally For Fair Pay Outside Uber Headquarters
The San Francisco Appeal - (San Francisco, California)
by Bay City News | October 22, 2014 6:53 pm
Dozens of Uber drivers held a rally in front of the
company’s headquarters in San Francisco this afternoon to
protest what they say are unfair wages resulting from Uber
policies that set impossibly low fares in an effort to
out-price their competitors.
The drivers gathered on Market Street this afternoon holding
signs that read “Uber Drivers Unite” chanting “Uber, Uber
you can’t hide, we can see your greedy side.”
Drivers in other major cities such as Santa Monica and
London, who disagree with Uber’s driver policies as well,
joined today’s protesters.
Many of the drivers who showed up today were greeted by
passing Uber drivers who slowed down and honked as they
passed the Uber headquarters at 1455 Market St.
The rally comes just two days after San Francisco
International Airport announced a pilot permit allowing Lyft
and UberX drivers with transportation network companies to
legally pick up and drop off riders at the airport,
according to SFO spokesman Doug Yakel.
The transportation network company Sidecar previously signed
a permit with SFO last week, according to Yakel.
SFO director John L. Martin said in a statement that the new
permits will provide “customers at SFO more choice, without
compromising our focus on safety and security.”
But many UberX drivers and taxi drivers alike say the
company is taking advantage of drivers and jeopardizing
UberX driver and longtime San Francisco resident Jean Remy
said he began driving for Uber just over a year ago. He had
quit his other jobs because he was making a nice salary
driving for the company.
Remy said in the good old days he was making about $300 a
day for a seven hour shift, before taxes and expenses, such
as gas, maintenance and insurance.
Now, for that same seven-hour shift, Remy said he’d make
about $175, which comes to about $25 per hour before taxes
Remy said the decline in his salary came after Uber decided
to cut the price of fares to outbid competitors such as Lyft
He said he has returned to his former job of delivering
pizzas and only works for UberX during really popular hours,
when surge pricing is in effect.
Drivers with Uber are not considered employees, instead they
are considered independent contractors, which allows them to
make their own hours, but Remy said it also means they
receive little to no respect from the company.
“We don’t have a voice,” Remy said. - more....
drivers in New York strike to protest lower pay
New York Post - (New York City, New York)
By Kaja Whitehouse
October 22, 2014 | 3:19pm
Uber drivers left New Yorkers out in the cold Wednesday —
refusing to work on one of the rainiest days of the season.
As many as 2,000 angry drivers staged a strike, shutting off
their phones and putting the brakes on pick-ups to protest
“low pay” and “unfair policies,” they said.
“Uber has become like Walmart. Drivers now make less than
the minimum wage when we do the math,” said Abdoul Diallo of
the newly formed Uber Drivers Network, which opposes new
lower fare rates set by the company.
The high-tech livery-service firm recently slashed passenger
fares to compete with car services such as Lyft, Gett and
regular yellow cabs, a move that drivers say takes money out
of their pockets.
Some Uber drivers claimed fares — and their paychecks — had
been chopped 25 percent in recent months.
Other drivers said they make less than a living wage, just
$7 to $12 an hour after expenses and fees — far less than
the $25.79 an hour Uber promises drivers can make by joining
its fleet, protesters said. - more....
Uber Drivers Say They Just Can't Quit Working For The
Business Insider - (New York City, New York)
Oct. 22, 2014, 3:17 PM
Unhappy with the company's policies, Uber drivers across
several cities are protesting Wednesday.
In some areas, Uber drivers are protesting outside the
company's offices. In other cities, like New York, they're
shutting off their phones provided to them by Uber and
refusing to pick up customers.
But why bother protesting at all? Why not just quit and work
for another company like Lyft or Gett?
"There are a number of reasons," Joseph De Wolf Sandoval,
the president of the recently formed nonprofit group
California App-Based Drivers Association (CADA), tells
Business Insider. CADA helped coordinate Wednesday's
protests, along with cooperation from Teamsters Local 986 (a
Southern California-based union), and groups like Uber
Drivers Network NYC, which have recently appeared on social
media to represent unhappy Uber drivers.
Drivers are too invested to quit.
"I get that a lot — why don't you do something else? Why
don't you just quit?" De Wolf Sandoval says.
"One reason is that a lot of people have invested a lot of
money into their fleet, or into their cars to work on the
Uber system, with the implied promise from Uber that they
were going to be doing very well — they'd be running their
own small business and they'd be able to recoup the
investments, whether that's an investment in a Chevy
Suburban at $40,000, or maybe two — or 10, if you own a
De Wolf Sandoval says many drivers are totally invested in
Uber at this point: They have financed vehicles and changed
their fleet to run in accordance with Uber's standards for
cars, and they can't simply walk away now. " - more....
shortage as Uber lures away yellow cabbies
New York Post - (New York City, New York)
By Michael Gartland
October 19, 2014 | 11:48pm
Hailing a cab is now even more of a hassle — and Uber may be
More than 10 percent of the 50,000 hacks who pilot 13,000 or
so yellow cabs around the city have defected to the
app-based livery service in the past four months. This not
only means fewer taxis cruising the streets, it also caused
medallion prices to plunge by an average $150,000, industry
insiders told The Post.
Fleet owners are blaming the Taxi and Limousine Commission
for the mass migration, accusing it — or one of its
employees — of supplying drivers’ contact information to
Uber. “They’re leaking it,” said Tony Georgiton, of Queens
Medallion, which leases its cars to some 2,000 drivers. “It
has to be somebody within the agency, within the TLC.”
He insists the data can’t have come from his company because
it closely guards its records.
TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg described the charges of leaked
contact information as baseless. He said the agency could
not confirm whether there are fewer yellow-cab drivers.
Georgiton’s allegations come just days after The Post first
reported on Wednesday that the Department of Investigation
has opened a conflict-of-interest probe into Ashwini
Chhabra, who left his $160,000-a-year job at the TLC for a
cushy position at Uber. - more....
Lyft Get Permits to Operate at SFO
The San Francisco Appeal - (San Francisco, California)
Bay City News | October 20, 2014 4:35 pm
UberX and Lyft will be allowed to operate at San Francisco
International Airport in the next 30 days, SFO officials
“We are committed to be an industry leader, creating a
roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX
to operate legally in an airport,” airport director John
Martin said in a statement today. “We’re proud to be the
first airport in the U.S. to have both signed permits from
both companies. This gives customers at SFO more choice,
without compromising our focus on safety and security.”
Lyft was the first company to obtain a permit to operate at
a U.S. airport, in Nashville, while Sidecar became the first
to get a permit at a California airport when it reached an
agreement with SFO last week.
The transportation network companies, in which travelers are
connected through a smartphone app with part-time drivers
using personal vehicles, were prohibited from picking up or
dropping off passengers at airports when the California
Public Utilities Commission set new regulations on the
companies last year.
Reports are that his attackers took away his cash and cell
phone after stabbing him to the neck and hitting him to the
back of his head. - more....
supportive of increasing taxi rates
Post-Bulletin - (Rocherster, Minnesota)
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:20 am
The Rochester City Council generally showed support for
increasing taxicab rates after testimony Monday from cab
drivers, who said they need to pay their bills. - more....
company launches rideshare app, looks to rival Uber,
KTAR 620-AM - (Phoenix, Arizona)
By Mark Remillard, | October 21, 2014 @ 6:30 am
PHOENIX -- Glendale-based Total Transit, which owns Discount
Cab, has launched a rideshare app of its own aimed to
compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft.
Total Transit said its app was "Arizona's only legal
rideshare service." Drivers and cars would be required to
meet the same standards as traditional taxi companies. Total
Transit President Mike Pinckard said services like Uber and
Lyft circumvent state requirements after Gov. Jan Brewer
denied exemptions for the pair.
Pinckard said the Total Transit app has the same functions
of other rideshare companies, such as mobile ride hailing
and payment, GPS driver tracking and fair quotes, but unlike
other companies, Total Transit requires their drivers to
pass background checks, complete vehicle inspections and
obtain commercial insurance.
"It's an identical service that you would see with Uber X or
Lyft, he said. "Ours is exactly the same with the exception
of it's safe, it's legal and it's insured."
Total Transit has been working on the app for about a year
as the demand for rideshare has continued to grow in
Discount Cab is one of the largest taxi companies in the
U.S. with more than 1,000 cabs. However, Pinckard said he
doesn't see the new app as internal competition against
Discount Cab, but a complimentary service. - more....
gas means an end to $1 fee on Miami-Dade County taxi
Miami Herald - (Miami, Florida)
10/21/2014 5:48 PM
Rapidly falling gas prices have left taxi rides cheaper in
The county’s regulatory arm announced Tuesday it had
eliminated a $1 surcharge on taxi fares that was tied to
elevated gas prices. Gasoline prices in the Miami area
recently hit $3.16 a gallon, down about 5 percent from last
month’s price of $3.24, according to AAA. A year ago, the
price was $3.32. - more....
County taxi rates going up 8 percent
Las Vegas Review-Journal - (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Posted October 20, 2014
By RICHARD N. VELOTTA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Local taxi rates are going up.
The Nevada Taxicab Authority on Monday approved an increase
of just more than 8 percent, boosting Clark County to the
second highest rate in the nation among cities with a
Although rates are higher, taxi rides in Clark County
generally cost less than in most cities because the airport
is so close to Strip resorts and convention centers.
It’s unclear when the new rates will take effect because the
Taxicab Authority must get permission to use budget reserve
funds to pay overtime to the vehicle inspectors and
investigators to change the meters on the 3,000 cabs in the
Las Vegas fleet. A meter changeover generally takes about
five to six days, but it could take weeks to get the
approvals necessary to budget funds for the associated
The board unanimously authorized rates to climb from $3.30
for the initial drop to $3.45, 20 cents per one-thirteenth
of a mile ($2.60 a mile) to 22 cents per one-thirteenth of a
mile ($2.86 a mile) and wait-time charges of $30 an hour to
$32.40 an hour. The $2 McCarran International Airport pickup
fee will remain unchanged. The per-mile rates include a
20-cent-per-mile fuel surcharge.
It was the first taxi rate increase since November 2008 and
comes at a time when the county’s 16 taxi companies could
face competition from the ride-sharing technology company
Uber. - more....
begins ride-sharing service in Vegas, Reno
Las Vegas Review-Journal - (Las Vegas, Nevada)
By RICHARD N. VELOTTA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted October 24, 2014 - 5:00am
After months of strategizing, representatives of Uber say
they will launch their controversial ride-sharing platform
in Las Vegas and Reno this afternoon.
In the company’s initial rollout, Uber drivers will not pick
up customers in the city’s resort corridor or at McCarran
International Airport but will be able to drop off
passengers at those locations.
Company officials say the service will be available across
the Las Vegas Valley and in Reno and Carson City with rates
that are 10 percent to 20 percent below taxi rates.
Regulators, meanwhile, say they will enforce the state’s
transportation statutes and regulations, which means they
probably will cite drivers and impound their vehicles if
they’re caught transporting customers without a license.
“We’re going to enforce the law,” said Bruce Breslow,
director of the state’s Department of Business and Industry,
which oversees the Nevada Transportation Authority and the
Nevada Taxicab Authority. “We’re not going to get into an
argument over philosophies,”
Philosophical differences are what have driven the debate
over Uber and other ride-sharing companies seeking to
operate in the state.
To the Taxicab Authority’s enforcement staff, Uber drivers
are like any other illegal operator. The authority oversees
Clark County’s 16 taxi companies and monitors cab
operations, mostly along the Strip and at the airport.
But to Uber management, the company is a technology platform
that connects people who need rides to drivers who can
provide them. They say they aren’t a transportation company
and the drivers who will operate in Southern Nevada are
independent contractors who sign an agreement that enables
them to use the company’s app, which also provides
electronic payments from the passenger to the driver.
“For far too long, Las Vegans have been underserved by
incumbent industries, leaving behind the people that live
and work in Vegas,” said William Barnes, Uber’s western
regional manager. “Your safe, reliable and affordable ride
has arrived Las Vegas — and we’re here to stay.” - more....
Don’t hurt real cab companies in favor of ‘app cabs’
The Salt Lake Tribune - (Salt Lake City, Utah)
By Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson
First Published Oct 17 2014 04:39PM
When I was mayor of Salt Lake City, most members of the City
Council were sold on UTOPIA. It was "innovative." We would
be "pioneers." It would be a "boon" to our "modern" city.
I blocked our city’s participation in UTOPIA. I took a lot
of heat, but I considered, with the help of independent
experts, the applicable public-interest principles. My
conclusion: UTOPIA violated those principles. Now, cities
that adopted UTOPIA are facing horrendous costs to
homeowners because the projections of UTOPIA were, well,
utopian. Unrealistic. Highly speculative. Extremely risky.
We’re now facing a similar prospect with "app cabs" like
Uber and Lyft, which connect drivers with riders through a
smartphone app. Cool. Innovative. Technologically hip.
But they’ve both been given "F" ratings by the Better
Business Bureau. For good reason. Yellow Cab locally is
Authorization of app cabs, which would not be subject to the
same regulations imposed on cab companies, would be
disastrous for local businesses and their employees and a
bad deal for many consumers. No wonder numerous nations,
states, and U.S. cities (some very "cool" cities) have
prohibited app cabs. - more....
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson is former mayor of Salt Lake
City and currently legal counsel for Yellow Cab Co.
taxi banned on campus
The Quinnipiac Chronicle - (Hamden, Connecticut)
By Sal Siciliano on October 22, 2014
Uber is a private taxi service that has recently gained
momentum at Quinnipiac as a new means for student
transportation – one that Public Safety is not allowing
students to use.
Despite a website that advertises convenience and over five
million downloads on Amazon and Apple’s app-stores,
according to their two websites, Public Safety has advised
the company not to pick up students on campus due to safety
Chief of Public Safety David Barger believes the fact that
the company’s national independence from taxi companies
regulated by Connecticut state taxi laws is enough to raise
“What it comes down to it, under Connecticut state law,…
[state taxi drivers] basically need a taxi license, an
endorsement and a background check,” Barger said.
The state taxicabs themselves, like the drivers, also have
to pass a background check to be able to serve the public.
“Heat, air conditioning, all that type of thing, ensures a
[state] taxi license, plus you have to have a meter in the
taxi,” Barger said. “Uber right now, to the best of my
knowledge, doesn’t [require] any of that.” - more....
Ways To Become A Five Star Customer
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Posted by: Chey Cab under Society, Transportation Updated:
October 22, 2014 - 12:41 AM
For anyone who has taken an Uber, there is a point after the
ride where Uber prompts you to rate your driver from one to
five stars. This is genius because it holds drivers
accountable to a higher level of service. What you may not
know, is that when your ride is complete the driver is also
promted to rate you from one to five stars. Now the
accountability goes both ways. Of course you won't lose your
job if your driver gives you a low rating, but it may impact
your ability to hail a car on the service.
Left your iPhone in a cab, limo, or rideshare? If you are a
five star passenger, chances are you have nothing to fear.
Your driver could’ve been on his or her way home after a
sixteen-hour shift, but since you were such a great
passenger, s/he will double back to hunt you down to return
that phone you can’t live without. Do you want—or even
expect—this level of service? Here are some tips on how to
become a five star passenger next time you hop a cab, limo,
Uber, or rideshare in ten easy (common sense) tips.
Know your name, location, and
This may seem self-explanatory, but many people don’t always
know where (or who) they are. If you are shocked by
this (or even mildly amused), so is every professional
driver in the world. The bottom line is, much like your
significant other, cabbies cannot read your mind. Make sure
you have a firm understanding of your location on the
surface of the Earth, your desired destination, and a firm
grasp on a name you will answer to before you order up the
service. If this is a challenge for you, I do suggest having
a regular driver on speed dial or, perhaps, a lanyard around
your neck that says, if lost please return to this address.
That gps pin on the app isn't always accurate, so be sure to
double check it before you order your ride.
Don’t lie about the number of
passengers - more....
New Yorkers Can't Find a Taxi When It Rains
City Lab - (Internet)
Cabbies might quickly make enough to call it a day. Or they
might not think it's worth it to be out at all.
Oct 20, 2014
You have to live in New York City for precisely one rainy
day to appreciate that it's extremely difficult to find a
taxi in New York City when it rains. It's also extremely
difficult to figure out why that's the case. Sure, there
might be more people looking for a cab when it rains, but
New York is a place that ceaselessly aims to satisfy all
desires, reasonable and twisted alike. So if there are more
people out there looking for a cab, you'd expect there to be
more cabs out there looking for people.
You are not alone in your confusion. Scholars who study
economic behavior for a living have trouble understanding
what's going on here themselves. Inspired by a new study of
the subject, we'll look at two leading theories.
The first concept, courtesy of Cal Tech behavioral economist
Colin Camerer, is known as "income targeting." It's pretty
straightforward: Cab drivers strive for a certain amount of
income each day, and once they hit that target, they call it
quits. That means on good days, a cabbie can knock off
earlier. Camerer explains in a 1997 article in Engineering
and Science: - more....
very first taxis faced the same problems. Even before
The Washington Post - (Washington D.C.)
By Julie Zauzmer October 21
Once, the article says, it was easy to make a good living as
a taxi driver in Washington, a city full of “well-to-do
strangers” (cough, tourists) eager to pay for a ride around
Then came the increased competition, in the form of upstart
innovators copying the business model of the longtime
drivers. And the city made regulatory decisions despite the
taxi drivers’ opposition.
The gripes sound familiar today, as D.C.’s traditional cabs
battle Uber and Lyft for business on the streets.
But the article in The Washington Post was written in 1890.
threatens to arrest drivers for Internet-based Uber
- (Oxford, Mississippi)
offers to take flu shots, nurses to you
Uber drivers are breaking the law - (Burlington,
Bureau of Canada warns UberX drivers about insurance
regulations being drafted for ride-sharing service Uber
- (Columbia, Missouri)
Cabdrivers speak against Uber as Assembly postpones
action on ride-sharing services - (Anchorage,
Uber and its ilk expand, cities like Anchorage struggle
to regulate the 'sharing economy'
no longer operating in Tuscaloosa - (Tuscaloosa,
cities block popular taxi-app from consumers
of fake Uber drivers in Atlanta - (Atlanta,
leaders set Uber, Lyft ordinance first read for Nov. 17
- (Orlando, Florida)
|Europe, Africa, and the Middle
driver killers denied leave to appeal
New Era - (Windhoek, Namibia)
October 20, 2014
WINDHOEK – The three men convicted of the murder of taxi
driver Alfons Rijatue were refused leave to appeal against
both their conviction and sentence in the High Court.
Judge Naomi Shivute told Jacky Jackson, Kavetu Kwandu and
Isaskar Nau-Gaweseb on Friday that she saw no prospects of
success in their appeal applications and did not see another
court coming to a different conclusion.
They were convicted of murder, robbery with aggravating
circumstances and attempting to defeat or obstruct the
course of justice. They were sentenced to a combined total
of 108 years.
Jackson and Kwandu were sentenced to 40 years imprisonment
each and Nau-Gaweseb who had a previous conviction for
murder to 42 years behind bars.
They wanted to appeal against both conviction and sentence.
Judge Shivute found them of acting with a common purpose
when Rijatue was shot at close range with a shotgun at the
Hage Geingob Stadium during the period of April 18 to 19,
After the murder they loaded the body into Rijatue’s taxi
and drove it to a secluded area where they dumped the body.
man who bit off taxi driver's ear jailed for 13 years
The Bolton News - (Bolton, England)
A DRUNKEN thug who savagely bit off part of a taxi driver's
ear just months after biting another man has been given a
Dane Hodkinson, of Westleigh Lane, Leigh, carried out a
"persistent and vicious attack" on Christopher Harrison in
the early hours of July 13 this year.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that at about 5am Mr Harrison
went to the McDonalds restaurant at the Linkway in St Helens
to collect a fare.
CCTV footage played to the judge showed 26-year-old
Hodkinson getting into the front passenger seat where he
twice punched the driver after he asked if he had the fare,
which he did not.
Both men then got out and punches were exchanged.
Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool spoke
of how the victim has been left physically and emotionally
scarred and has had to give up his livelihood.
He said Hodkinson's ‘animal behaviour’ had caused his victim
‘excruciating pain’ and it must have been a most terrifying
"He had to sell his cab and feels not surprisingly unable
ever to return to work as a taxi driver,” he added.
“As well as depression and high blood pressure he now
suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. - more....
'livid' after police blew up his broken down taxi in
terror scare near the Gherkin
London Evening Standard - (London, England)
Justin Davenport, Crime Editor
Published: 22 October 2014
A black cab driver was today said to be “livid” after police
blew up his broken-down taxi following a terror scare in the
shadow of the Gherkin.
The driver apparently said he had been forced to leave the
silver Hackney cab on a rank in the City after a breakdown
at the weekend.
But when he went to retrieve it yesterday morning, he
discovered it had been blown up by anti-terror police.
The blast shattered the cab’s rear window and damaged its
back end, as well as smashing the windows of a nearby pub.
Buildings were evacuated and roads around Camomile Street
and Bishopsgate closed as traffic slowed to a standstill in
the heart of the Square Mile.
The driver of the cab later claimed he had broken down on
Friday evening and was forced to ditch the vehicle over the
weekend. - more....
taxi drivers seeing red over colour policy
Shropshire Star - (Telford, Shropshire, England)
Taxi drivers across the region say many of them could lose
their livelihoods if Shropshire Council votes through its
draft policy on taxis and private hire cars.
The council wants to see all vehicles used for taxi or
private hire comply with increasingly tough European
emmissions standards over the next four years.
And, by 2018, all taxis will have to be black and be
The latter condition is, drivers say, not only unfair to
them, but discriminatory against most disabled people, the
elderly and those with mobility problems, who cannot clamber
up into the high vehicles needed to accommodate a
They are urging as many licensed cab drivers to attend a
forum meeting at the Shirehall this month where the issue
will be discussed.
One of those who claims he will fall foul of the proposals
is Mark Higgins who runs Berwyn Cars.
“I have just bought a fully wheelchair accessible taxi – but
it is white,” he said.
“It would cost about £4,000 to change the colour, which is
money I don’t have.”
“For most people it will mean changing their vehicle. With
the economy at it is at the moment this is something that
will be the last straw for a lot of taxi drivers. - more....
driver gets parking ticket while helping elderly
The Westmorland Gazette - (Kendal, Cumbria)
Last updated by Rachel Kitchen
A TAXI driver has branded as 'absolutely ridiculous' a local
authority's decision to give him a parking ticket as he
helped a confused elderly woman.
Jason Beattie, 44, drives for Kendal's Blue Star Taxis,
which appealed the £35 fine on compassionate grounds.
But Cumbria County Council decided not to cancel the ticket
- a decision the taxi driver describes as 'draconian'.
Mr Beattie collected the woman, described as in her 80s and
walking with a frame, from sheltered housing in Kendal on
He said she was confused about the location of her chiropody
appointment and, after unsuccessfully trying Blackhall Road
and Sandes Avenue, the customer asked to be taken to the
As it was market day, the taxi rank there was unavailable,
so Mr Beattie 'tucked away' the Peugeot Partner vehicle
beside the war memorial and escorted his passenger through
the busy market.
It was then that she showed him her appointment letter,
which explained that the the chiropodist was located at the
Blackhall Unit at Westmorland General Hospital, not
Concerned for his passenger's welfare, Mr Beattie guided her
back to the taxi, where a parking ticket had been issued
during his 10 to 15-minute absence.
"I thought it was absolutely ridiculous," he said. "It could
have been my mum or my grandma and I couldn't leave anybody
like that." - more....
firm in white driver service
Belfast Telegraph - (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
A minicab company in Rochdale will send white drivers if
customers ask for them
22 October 2014
The firm has received requests in Heywood, Rochdale, after
two local drivers were jailed for their part in the rape and
trafficking of young white girls.
Stephen Campbell, manager of Car 2000, said the number of
people asking for a white driver shot up after the 2012
After a dip, it has nudged up again in the wake of fears
about Britons who sympathise with terror group Islamic State
Mr Campbell said: "We don't promote anything like this, but
if you ring up and say 'can I have a white driver?' we will
provide one. We are offering a service.
"Initially, back in 2012, the number of people asking for
white drivers went up, then it went back down. It has gone
up again a bit since this coverage of IS. I think people are
being programmed by what they watch on the news.
"They ask for 'local' drivers and by that they mean white.
The ridiculous thing is all my drivers are local - they were
all born here.
"All taxi drivers get abuse, but Asian drivers put up with
more abuse than anyone else."
The move comes amid rising tensions in Rochdale following
revelations of gang rapes, grooming and trafficking of white
girls at the hands of mainly Asian gangs.
Nine men from Pakistan and Afghanistan were jailed for a
total of 77 years in May 2012 for plying young, vulnerable
girls with drink and drugs so they could "pass them around"
for sex. - more....
drivers must speak English' - controversy over pub
landlord's David Utting's new Cambridge town and gown
Cambridge News - (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England)
By CambridgeNews | Posted: October 18, 2014
By RAYMOND BROWN
A pub landlord has launched a controversial new 'town and
gown' taxi service in Cambridge because he was sick of his
punters being ripped off and drivers not speaking English.
Dave Utting, landlord of The Empress in Thoday Street, and
The Emperor in Hills Road, launched Town and Gown about
three months ago and already has 45 taxis on the road and
another 15 radios for other drivers.
He is competing for business against a raft of other
companies and has come under for accusing other taxi drivers
Mr Utting said: "As a local businessman and an ex-copper I
wanted to have my own cab company as I got sick of the
service of a few taxi drivers.
"They didn't open the door for customers, wouldn't come into
the pub and look for them and would take them the long way
around just to get more money.
"I am sure some taxi drivers in Cambridge are excellent but
there are some who are not and I wanted to provide a good
service for my customers.
"Business is booming. We are a great service and we are
called Town and Gown because we are the townies and we work
closely with the colleges with many students and tutors
being our customers. The public love the service we provide.
"We only have radios so our drivers must have a good level
of English. We have Turkish, Bangladeshi and drivers from
all over. They do need to have a good grasp of English." - more....
drivers slammed for refusing fares
Leamington Observer - (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire,
By Laura Kearns Wednesday 17 September 2014 Updated: 25/09
TAXI drivers in Leamington are putting students' safety at
risk by illegally refusing to take people short distances.
A survey by the University of Warwick Students' Union (WSU)
revealed more than half of the 500 people questioned had
been refused lifts by drivers because they wanted longer
more profitable fares.
WSU development officer Rob Ankcorn said: “These shocking
results reveal that some taxis are regularly breaking the
law. By refusing short journeys they are putting young
people in danger.
“This is not just a problem for our students but for all
young people in general. While we appreciate that not all
taxi companies are to be tarnished with the same brush, we
are working with the council to stamp out this unacceptable
There are around 6,000 students living in Leamington and
23,000 studying at Warwick University. - more....
time for borough’s taxi drivers
Lancashire Evening Post - (Preston, Lancashire, England)
Published on the 21 October 2014
A row has broken out over a policy that would transform
taxis in South Ribble.
Members of South Ribble Council’s licensing committee must
decide tonight whether to uphold a 2005 decision, requiring
all the borough’s taxis to be wheelchair accessible by next
Although firms were given 10 years to prepare, many are now
pressing for a change of rules, claiming there isn’t enough
demand to justify modifying every vehicle.
Independent driver John Gregory of Leyland said: “We don’t
want to isolate disabled people, but we don’t want to
isolate all of the borough either. The luxury of travelling
in a saloon car will be taken away. For some of the elderly,
it isn’t always practical for them to use a ramp so a
smaller car is much easier.”
Cab owners will have to fund the cars themselves - a bill
that could reach £30,000 - and their petition has gained
hundreds of signatures from the public.
Mr Gregory added wheelchair users usually pre-book, and
fares might have to go up to cover upgrade costs. - more....
firm turns down blind army veteran with guide dog
Surrey Advertiser - (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Oct 23, 2014 08:09
By Matt Strudwick
A blind army veteran said he was turned away by a taxi firm
because he has a guide dog.
Peter Williams said Galaxy Cars told him they would not be
able to collect him from The Lightbox in Woking and take him
to his home in Staines last Friday (October 17) because
"they do not take dogs of any sort".
Mr Williams, who served in the Royal Signals from 1968, was
at the museum for a Blind Veterans UK awareness exhibition
when he called for the taxi between 2.30pm and 3pm.
He has only had his two-year-old guide dog, Amos, for 16
weeks and said he was told by the phone operator that Galaxy
would not be able to collect him as he has a dog.
Mr Williams claims the firm then hung up.
“I’m disgusted with it,” said the 63-year-old. “It’s very
disappointing. I was given a guide dog so I had more of a
life and had some independence as I can’t get about that
well.” - more....
Taxis Now Run at Amsterdam Airport
International Business Times - (Internet)
By Zachary Davies Boren
October 23, 2014 21:18 BST
The fleet of Tesla taxis at Schiphol airport(Gas2)
Amsterdam's main airport has a state-of-the-art taxi fleet,
having purchased 167 Tesla Model S cars in a bid to reduce
its carbon footprint.
The Schiphol airport, already among the least pollutant
airports in the world, is restructuring its taxi service,
and will allow three companies to use the Tesla electric
cars, reports CleanTechnica.
The Dutch government has in place incentives for people and
organisations to use vehicles of environmentally-friendly
design, not to mention the fact that Tesla's Europeean
assmbly plant is based in the Netherlands.
These measures keep the price down, with the Nissan e-NV200
electric van going for as little as $10,000. - more....
cities deploy electric taxi fleet
The Green Car Website - (Internet)
Electric taxis are the order of the day in Madrid and
Barcelona; where a fleet of Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric
vehicles are set to go to work.
In Madrid a new Nissan LEAF fully electric supermini is set
to start work under the stewardship of Antonio Berzal
Prieto; the city’s first electric taxi driver.
Over in Barcelona, where the new e-NV200 is built, three of
the fully electric vans now also take on the role of taxi.
The introduction of the electric taxis onto the city’s
streets is all part of a memorandum of understanding signed
last year between Nissan the Barcelona city council and the
Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
The e-NV200 began production in Barcelona in May, with the
Catalan city building the electric commercial vehicle for
the global market. - more....
time for taxi drivers as FCT task force intensifies
Vanguard - (Lagos, Nigeria)
on October 22, 2014
BY FAVOUR NNABUGWU
Tragedy was averted at the weekend when officials of the
Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, raided Area 1 Shopping
Complex in Abuja, creating panic and confusion in the area.
Among those counting their losses on account of the incident
is the owner of a red sports utility vehicle, SUV, which was
parked by the shopping complex.
The car was damaged when a taxi cab rammed into it as the
cab driver was trying to make a quick get away from the
Vanguard Metro, VM, which witnessed the incident was taken
aback as others present when the NIS pickup car made a
sudden stop near the supposed taxi park with six taxi cabs
loading Areas: 11, 111 and 10.
And almost immediately some officials in uniform and mufti
alighted from the pick-up and headed for the taxi cabs
waiting to pick passengers.
They promptly impounded two of the taxi cabs and thereafter
crammed themselves inside.
While this was going on, the drivers of other taxi cabs
quickly dived into their own cars and zoomed off. But one of
them who tried to prevent an Immigration official from
entering his taxi had the screen of the car shattered.
It was while he was trying to reverse and manoeuvre his cab
out of the place that it hit the red SUV car whose driver
and a companion seated beside him luckily escaped unhurt. -
Won’t Quit My Taxi Driving"
Ghana Web - (Internet)
Highlife musician Kumi Guitar has stated that unless his
management directs him to stop commercial driving, he has no
intention of giving up his profession as a Taxi driver.
Nana Yaw Kumi, his official name, has worked as a commercial
cab driver for years now and believed it is one of the
reasons his fans like him.
“I do not feel discouraged at all that I still drive a Taxi.
I feel my Taxi driving is part of the reasons Ghanaians like
me. It was through the Taxi driving that I met my boss, Mark
Okraku Mantey," he indicated.
"The Taxi also feeds me at some point as well. Until my
management says I have reached a point in my career where I
should stop driving a Taxi, I won’t stop driving my Taxi,”
the ‘Break Into Two’ singer added. - more....
France Cancels Promo With Free Car Rides From Beautiful
Consumerist - (Internet)
By Laura Northrup October 22, 2014
Uber is currently trying to take over France. As in many
areas where the app is trying to expand, French authorities
have imposed restrictions and even a €100,000 fine on the
company for being an unregulated taxi service. Uber’s
response was an poorly thought-out promotion in the city of
Lyon where passengers could go for 20-minute rides in cars
chauffeured by beautiful ladies.
“Avions de Chasse” means “fighter jets” in French, and is
also a colloquial term meaning, more or less, “hot chick.”
That’s why it’s the name of an app featuring pictures of and
opportunities to meet hot ladies. However, Uber in the
southern city of Lyon may not have thought their plan all
the way through when they decided to offer 20-minute rides
chauffeured by the beautiful fighter jets of Lyon. - more....
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adds 6 and 8 seater cars to its fleet in London and
taxi app heads to Leeds as Unite union cabbies protest
versions: Taxi driver injured in ‘encounter’
The Express Tribune - (Karachi, Pakistan)
By Our Correspondent
Published: October 19, 2014
A taxi driver was critically injured when police opened fire
at him in Khanpur on Saturday morning.
Police termed it an ‘encounter’ with carjackers while the
injured driver claimed he was the owner of a taxi and was
chasing three passengers who fled without paying the fare.
According to the version of the Khanpur police, they
received an intelligence report about a car stolen from
Rawalpindi and the suspected carjackers heading to Haripur
city. Police added they then approached a suspicious car,
but its four occupants attempted to flee.
In order to stop them from escaping, police opened fire,
injuring one person while the other three escaped. The
injured man was subsequently arrested and shifted to Khanpur
Hospital where he was identified as Noor Alam, son of Zahid
of Lambi Dheri village in Abbottabad.
Speaking to journalists, the injured man contested police
claims, saying he was not a carjacker and drove a taxi for a
living. He told the media three unidentified men hired his
car to go to Haripur for Rs1,700 but when they reached
Khanpur Dam, the men stopped the car after seeing the police
and started fleeing.
“When I ran after them for the fare, police opened fire at
me, injuring me severely,” said Alam, adding he did not even
know who the three men were. The injured driver was later
referred to District Headquarters Hospital, Haripur in
critical condition as his legs were bleeding profusely, said
Driver in Australia Arrested by Hire-Car Vigilante
Yahoo News - (Internet)
IB TimesBy Anthony Cuthbertson | IB Times – Mon, Oct 20,
A former riot-police officer turned hire-car driver in
Australia has taken it upon himself to crackdown on UberX
drivers operating illegally.
Russell Howarth, founder of the group Arresting Uber, made
his first citizen's arrests on a driver in Sydney last week
and plans to carry out 10 more this week in an effort to
raise awareness of unlicensed drivers transporting
passengers illegally through the UberX service.
Uber currently operates in over 200 cities across 45
countries around the world and is continuing to expand
internationally despite resistance from local taxi
organisations and unions. UberX markets itself as the
"low-cost Uber" in which drivers use their own vehicles
without the need for a "vehicle for hire" license.
"Uber commits more offences and makes more money than any
organised crime group in the world," Howarth told IBTimes
UK. "The enormity of the illegal activity of Uber is
incredible." - more....
app goCatch teams rich-list backers to take on Cabcharge
The Sydney Morning Herald - (Sydney, Australia)
Date: October 20, 2014
On Friday, some of the country's most successful
entrepreneurs and rich-list families backed an equity
raising of taxi booking and payments app goCatch in the race
to "break apart" the country's powerful $5.4 billion taxi
Some of the backers of the business include billionaire
family the Kahlbetzers, the Millner family, fund manager
David Paradice, Malcolm Turnbull's son, Alex, and Square
Peg, a technology venture capital firm backed by James
Packer, Seek co-founder Paul Bassat and the billionaire
In a confidential presentation, goCatch's goal was simple:
to capture a "dominant share" of the taxi market. It was a
shot across the bow to incumbents. The company told
investors: "goCatch is breaking apart the Cabcharge network
model and redefining how the industry works."
It is big talk for a company that is still a minnow, valued
at $19 million, compared with Cabcharge's market
capitalisation of almost $600 million.
Its self-belief is coming from the emergence of disruptive
smartphone technology and a loosening regulatory environment
that began in 2012 when former competition tsar Allan Fels
released a controversial report into the Victorian taxi
The report put the spotlight on the many inefficiencies and
arguably restrictive trade practices of the sector. More
recently, the Harper review into competition called for
Inspiration is also coming from the rise and rise of Uber, a
US-based business that launched a phone app four years ago
and now operates in 45 countries, including Australia. It is
valued at more than $18 billion and Uber's Australian
operations are valued at $728 million, according to the
goCatch co-founder and chief executive Ned Moorefield says
that, when he was looking to start a business in 2011, he
examined what kind of new business models were emerging with
"We then looked at the industries with monopolies and
ones that didn't have good service levels, and we then
started researching countries such as Germany, [and cities
such as] London and San Francisco," Moorefield says.
The taxi industry was ripe for reform. "People were
screaming out for change." - more....
system to help cabbies resolve disputes with companies
Channel News Asia - (Singapore)
By Saifulbahri Ismail
POSTED: 22 Oct 2014 21:19
UPDATED: 23 Oct 2014 00:29
The Taxi Industry Mediation system, which is on trial, aims
to help drivers with issues they face with their companies.
SINGAPORE: Taxi drivers can now turn to a more structured
system to help settle disputes with their taxi companies
quickly and amicably.
The Taxi Industry Mediation system is a collaboration
between the Land Transport Authority (LTA), taxi companies
and National Taxi Association (NTA). It was launched in
July, and is on trial for six months.
The National Taxi Association receives about 10 cases a week
on a range of issues which drivers face with their taxi
companies, insurance firms or between drivers themselves. A
top complaint is drivers feeling they were unfairly
terminated due to service lapses.
"For example, one was rude to the customer, or didn’t fulfil
the booking on time, and after one or two times the company
may decide to terminate the agreement, and therefore one
cannot drive with this operator anymore,” said Ang Hin Kee,
executive advisor of National Taxi Association. “That
impacts their livelihood, and many times it has been such
that it's your word against mine.
“We found that perhaps a better way is to have parties sit
down together through a neutral body, like a mediation
system to work out the best solution moving forward, rather
than people are feeling aggrieved that their version of the
facts are not properly addressed."
Cabbies also often get into disputes over the amount they
have to pay in the event of an accident. - more....
ado about Uber
The Star - (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
by shahanaaz habib
The presence of the Uber taxi service has got local taxi
operators and the authorities up in arms albeit for
HAVING tried out their service himself, Land and Public
Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid
Albar admits that the drivers and cars dispatched by Uber
are better than the regular local taxis.
But without the necessary Public Service Vehicle (PSV)
licence, he says, they are just “honourable teksi sapu”.
SPAD has no quarrel with this popular app other than whether
its vehicles are authorised to function as taxis but Uber
must operate within the law, he stresses.
Still, he notes, Uber should be a wake up call to local taxi
operators to step up their game, improve their service and
system and make sure their taxis are good and clean, the
drivers are courteous and that they do not rip off customers
including tourists who might be hesitant to get into a local
cab because of all the stories they have heard. - more....
a nasty sting operation, Manila authorities give Uber a
nice pat on the back
expands carpool option to 6 new cities across China
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