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The Taxi News for Saturday March 8, 2014
passenger killed in crash on Hwy 167 near Tacoma
The Seattle Times - (Seattle, Washington)
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan
A taxicab passenger was killed after a collision with a
pickup truck early Tuesday on Highway 167 near Tacoma.The
taxi was heading south on Highway 167 just after midnight
when a Dodge Ram pickup heading the opposite direction
crossed into oncoming lanes. The taxi driver swerved, but
was struck by the pickup, according to the State Patrol.
The main point of impact was behind the taxi driver, where
authorities say Shanna Huttenstine, 34, of Tacoma, was
sitting. Huttenstine, who was identified by the State
Patrol, died at the scene. Taxi driver Said Ali, 52, and
front seat passenger Jason Speers, 36, suffered non-life
threatening injuries, authorities said. - more....
driver in prison for raping passenger was on sex
The Wichita Eagle - (Wichita, Kansas)
By Tim Potter
The Wichita Eagle
Published Monday, March 3, 2014, at 8:27
A Wichita taxicab driver now in prison for raping a
passenger last year shouldn’t have been allowed to operate a
taxi in the first place.
That’s because at the time Bryon Scott Spohn applied for a
taxi driver’s license in late 2012, he was on a state sex
offender registry for possession of child pornography. A
city ordinance that went into effect in July 2012 says a
taxi driver’s license shall not be issued to anyone who “is
now or has ever been registered as a sexual offender with
any state, county or local government.”
Spohn shouldn’t have received a taxi license but did because
the new change banning registered sex offenders wasn’t
communicated to staff members doing background checks on
taxi driver applicants, city officials told The Eagle on
Friday. The city has fixed the problem that led to the
oversight in Spohn’s case, they said.
Spohn’s criminal history is a key issue in a lawsuit that
the rape victim, a woman in her 20s, recently filed. The
lawsuit is against Spohn and the business he drove for, ABC
Taxi Cab Co. Inc.
ABC “knew or should have known by virtue of Spohn’s criminal
history that he was unfit for the position of a cab driver
and presented an undue risk of harm,” the lawsuit says.
Because of Spohn’s actions and ABC’s “negligent hiring,” the
woman suffered “serious injuries, pain and suffering, mental
anguish and other damage” exceeding $75,000, according to
the lawsuit, filed in Sedgwick County District Court on Feb.
Patrick Turner, the lawyer bringing the lawsuit on behalf of
the woman, said he has questions about how Spohn received a
license despite being on the sex offender registry. - more....
taxi driver violated rights of same-sex couple left on
roadside, labor regulators rule
The Oregonian - (Portland, Oregon)
By Molly Young | email@example.com
March 04, 2014 at 11:21 AM
State labor regulators have determined a Portland taxi
driver violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple left on
the side of Interstate 84 in July.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries announced the decision
The couple lodged a complaint with the state in September,
saying driver Ahmed Egal made it clear that he objected to
their sexual orientation before stopping the cab and leaving
them on the side of the road. State investigators say they
found substantial evidence supporting the passengers' claim.
Cab distances itself from taxi driver found to have
discriminated against same-sex couple
The Oregonian - (Portland, Oregon)
on March 06, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Broadway Cab was surprised to receive a form letter this
week from the state labor bureau, informing the company
about the state's settlement process after regulators found
a Portland taxi driver had violated the civil rights of a
lesbian couple in July.
Broadway Cab's attorney sent a letter back to officials at
Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries on Wednesday,
reminding them that their own investigators had found no
substantial evidence that the company was responsible in any
way for driver Ahmed Egal's actions that night.
"To the contrary, the uncontroverted evidence was that
Broadway Cab celebrates diversity and does not tolerate
discrimination of any type,'' wrote the company's attorney,
The state labor investigation found that Egal discriminated
against two women based on their sexual orientation by
leaving them on the side of Interstate 84 on July 25.
Investigators found the couple's account of what happened
credible. They reported that Egal had told them, "You can't
be gay in my cab,'' and that Egal told a second taxi driver
who showed up, "Don't take them. They don't pay.'' Egal
denied saying anything about the couple being gay. - more....
reform: cabbies will lose big
The Toronto Star - (Toronto, Ontario)
Published on Mon Mar 03 2014
Re: Cabbies and riders win, Editorial Feb. 1
Council’s taxi reform is an unproven business model set to
decimate the investment and life’s work of Standard plate
owners and to cripple a billion dollar industry and vital
Cabbies who lobbied to sell their Ambassador plates will
find themselves, along with Standard owners, with an expiry
date on it. Purchasers knowing it must be sold will be
waiting to snap it up for a song. Or will they?
Buy either plate and it can only go back on the road as a
Toronto Taxi License, with a $50,000 wheelchair accessible
van, costing upwards of $15,000 yearly to insure. Cabbies
lose big. The percentage of people who need wheelchair
service has not been proven it will support the costs to run
a TTL plate.
Riders won’t have the choice of a sedan. Seniors will have
to navigate up into one of 5,000 taxi vans. Fares will
increase. Less taxis will be available at off-peak hours.
Judi Barr, Toronto
drivers sue airport
The Garden Island - (Lihue, Hawaii)
Complaint alleges unregulated services allowed to pick up
Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 2:00 am
Tom LaVenture - The Garden Island
LIHUE — A group of cab drivers is suing the Lihue Airport
for unlawful dispatching practices and negligence in
preventing acts of retaliation by airport management.
The suit, filed at 5th Circuit Court, alleges that
unregulated transportation providers are ignoring protocol
and cutting in line when it comes to picking up arriving
The five plaintiffs, Gregory Disilvestri (635-TAXI); William
Doherty, Wayne Hori (South Shore Taxi); and North Shore Cab
Company, are all licensed to serve the airport and together
filed suit against the state Department of Transportation
and Airports Division.
“We have faced loss and suffering, and that is the reason
that this case is here,” said Gregory Disilvestri.
Honolulu attorney Mitchell S. Wong, representing the
plaintiffs, said a few taxi companies or individual drivers
have suffered consequences that include extreme loss of
business, and that there appears to be an intentional act by
the state against those drivers. He declined to elaborate
further about the complaint. - more....
cab drivers ask city for protections
KXAN-TV Channel 21 - (Austin, Texas)
By Omar Lewis Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:03 pm
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cab drivers in Austin want the city to
protect them from the companies they work for.
The Taxi Drivers Association of Austin is asking the city
council to change the laws that regulate taxis, but say they
are not asking for an increase in cab rates. Instead,
drivers want the city council to put a cap on how much money
cab companies are making off their rides.
They also want protections to prevent cab companies from
unfairly firing drivers.
Wednesday, dozens of taxi drivers showed up to rally for
their rights in downtown Austin. Some cab drivers came with
signs while others circled around Austin City Hall honking
in their cars.
“We would like the public to know that we are not putting
them down, we are there to serve them,” said a member of the
association at the rally.”The computer, the system, is
letting the customers down.” - more....
of fees all that stands between Mile High Cab and first
The Denver Post - (Denver, Colorado)
By David Migoya
The Denver Post
Posted: 03/06/2014 05:12:31 PM MST
The only thing keeping 150 more taxicabs from hitting Denver
streets in the coming weeks is a check from Mile High Cab
payable to the state agency that regulates them.
In the latest victory in a 5½-year battle to earn a place at
cab stands around town, the Colorado Public Utilities
Commission voted 3-0 on Wednesday against a last-ditch
effort by competitors to block Mile High from getting its
In turning down Metro Taxi and Colorado Cab Co.'s latest
shot at derailing Mile High, the PUC decision essentially
means all that's left is for the company to pay the
$5-per-vehicle fee. Mile High also must prove it has insured
its vehicles with a minimum of $1.5 million in coverage.
"Mile High Cab now need only comply with paying the fee,
getting insurance and a couple of other things, and they are
in business," Mile High attorney Thomas Russell said in an
But the PUC must first file its written decision, which is
expected in a couple of weeks, an agency spokesman said
The city's largest cabbie outfits unsuccessfully argued that
internal bickering at Mile High was proof the business
wasn't ready to take on Denver's streets. - more....
St. Albert consider taxi regulations?
St Albert Gazette - (St Albert, Alberta)
By: Victoria Paterson
Posted: Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 06:00 am
When getting into a taxi cab, most people don’t stop and
think about who their driver is – they trust it’s a safe
But while many municipalities insist on criminal record
checks and other screening for cabbies, St. Albert has no
To start a cab company here, all one really needs is a
business licence, a cellphone and presumably a commercially
Edmonton has numerous requirements to get a taxi licence in
that city, including security clearance, proof of driver
training, English-language competency tests and more.
The City of Leduc had new regulations come into effect Nov.
1, 2013 that require top lights, metres and decals that
identify the taxi is allowed to operate in Leduc. Taxi
companies are required to sign a statutory declaration that
they’ve conducted police clearances for their staff.
Strathcona County has changes in progress via a bylaw that
was first read in June last year. Those changes would
require a driver’s abstract check and a criminal record
“It’s just focused on safety,” said Glenna Kemp,
Strathcona’s director of legislative and legal services. She
noted this meant the bylaw doesn’t address the idea of a
taxi commission or limits on the number of taxi licences
Meanwhile St. Albert and nearby Sturgeon County and Spruce
Grove have no taxi-specific regulations. - more....
claims 900 UberX drivers in Seattle
San Francisco Business Times - (San Francisco, California)
Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
Facing a possible limit of 150 peer-to-peer drivers for hire
per company in Seattle, Uber Technologies Thursday said it
already has 900 active drivers on its mobile application
ride booking system and the number is rising quickly because
Seattle's City Council is scheduled to vote for a second
time on regulations that would drastically impact the
operations of so called "Transportation Network Companies"
like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, all San Francisco-based
services that book rides through mobile applications with
regular citizen drivers in their own vehicles . - more....
taxis to hit congested, smoggy streets of Santiago
The Santiago Times - (Santiago, Chile)
By Ivan Vargas
Published On: Thu, Mar 6th, 2014
Santiago will soon have its first fleet of electric taxis,
after two government ministries teamed up with a major power
supplier to buy the patent for the Chinese-made cars.
The city’s geographic location between two mountain chains
and high-population density make smog and congestion major
problems for the more than six million people who call it
home. Local health authorities frequently issue health
alerts due to dangerous levels of air pollution.
The new fleet of 29 BYE e6 taxis will run completely on
electricity with the use of a lithium ion battery and will
not only release no fumes, they will also be virtually
In a press conference at Paseo Bulnes Wednesday morning
Environment Minister María Ignacia Benítez and Transport
Minister Pedro Pablo Errázuriz, opened the initIative for
“Today we are happy to see entrepreneurs and businesses
which are willing to help in the [air] decontamination — now
we have new vehicles which will contribute to that cause,”
Also present was Compañía Chilena de Electricidad
(Chilectra) CEO Cristián Fierro, whose company has already
opened ten stations to recharge the cars batteries across
the capital, a figure it hopes to double over the course of
the year. - more....
|Europe, Africa, and the Middle
taxi driver arrested
Arab News - (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Monday 3 March 2014
Two Ethiopians have confessed to murdering a Pakistani taxi
driver on King Khalid Road in Riyadh.
Brig. Nasser Al-Qahtani, Riyadh police spokesman, said the
body of a 26-year-old taxi driver was found inside a car at
an empty parking lot on Feb. 9. The man had five stab wounds
and was tied up with a rope, an online daily reported
Al-Qahtani said that police detectives arrested the two
Ethiopians, who later confessed to ordering the cab driver
to stop the car at knifepoint on reaching a deserted area on
King Khalid Road, tying the driver up, stabbing him several
times and stealing his money.
They had hailed the taxi at the Umm Hammam district and had
asked the driver to take them to Diraiya.
The case has been referred to the Bureau of Investigation
and Public Prosecution.
many taxis’ are causing driver fights in Wolverhampton
Express & Star - (Wolverhampton, England)
Fights are breaking out between taxi drivers in
Wolverhampton because there are too many vehicles and not
enough spaces, it has been claimed.
It comes after it emerged three taxi drivers have had their
licences revoked for fighting in the city’s streets.
At a licensing meeting last week, city councillors vowed to
crackdown on the issue of taxi drivers fighting in public,
which they claimed was blighting the city’s image. But today
drivers claimed the brawls were being caused by policies
which have ‘flooded the roads’ with taxis.
Parminder Sekhon, chairman of Wolverhampton Taxi Owners’
Association, said: “The councillors have made out as if it’s
the whole trade. We have been tarnished. The trade believes
it is the fault of the council.
“We have been to all these trade meetings and we have
advised them on the way that they recruit drivers.” - more....
Drivers Told to Say No to Girls Who Offer Sex Instead of
International Business Times - (New York City, New York)
By Samantha Payne March 5, 2014 15:42 PM
Taxi drivers have been told to "politely refuse" sexual
favours in exchange for fares after a cabbie was caught
having sex in the back of his car.
Hartlepool Council has written to all taxi firms in the town
to refrain from taking up such trade-offs in the future if
women cannot afford their fares after a night out.
The letter read: "I would ask you to ensure that any driver
that works for you fully understands that any sexual contact
with a passenger is unacceptable and is likely to result in
the revocation of their licence.
“Normally this type of request gets laughed off by the
drivers, but obviously temptation got the better of one of
- an anonymous cab driver
"Any offers of sexual favours must be politely refused."
The red-faced driver in question has since had his licence
revoked after his indiscretion outside the woman's home last
But it is understood it is not unusual for women to offer
sex to drivers in the town when they run out of cash at the
end of the evening.
One cab driver said: "It's not uncommon for some of the
lasses to offer the drivers things other than a fare when
they make their way home from a night out. - more....
driver fined $6,000 and banned for three years over
fatal accident in Hougang
Straits Times - (Singapore)
Published on Mar 04, 2014
By Elena Chong
A taxi driver who negligently caused the death of a
motorcyclist at a road junction last September was fined
$6,000 and banned from driving for three years on Tuesday.
Mansor Montail, 55, who no longer drives a cab, admitted
that he failed to keep a proper lookout and did not give way
to oncoming traffic when making a right turn into Hougang on
Sep 23 last year. This resulted in a collision with rider
Chua Joon Yuan, 34, who died about an hour later in
hospital. - more....
Updated mar 07 @ 20:14 GMT
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