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    edd, what I would like to see are better solutions for some of these things.

    The kneeling bus was fine, once they got the kinks out of it. But the side-loader is laughable.

    It works, but so slowly with so many moving parts...... For a city bus, you wonder why they need those storage bins under the seating area... The engine is rear, so I do not think they have a drive shaft going through there.... Maybe trying to utilize the space that is actually closer to the ground (not putting the handicapped in the storage bins... just making the storage bins passenger space).

    Just a thought.

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    In new taxi plan, wheelchair access earns priority

    By Benjamin Kabak


    The value of a yellow taxi medallion will remain strong even as new livery hails come to market.
    (Via Bloomberg News)

    For millions of New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s taxi bill compromise came as a welcome relief yesterday. For those who do not live in Manhattan south of of 96th St. or in select parts of western Brooklyn and Queens, finding a yellow cab on the streets is akin to winning the New York lottery. Under the new plan, though, access for everyone will be greatly expanded, but those disabled New Yorkers who have few transit options come out ahead.

    First, the official details. Per Cuomo’s press release, the governor will approve the bill on Wednesday, and the legislature will approve an amendment next term. It allows for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to issue “up to 18,000″ new medallions of “hail-accessible inter-borough livery licenses.” The city must grant $15,000 per vehicle to retrofit old cars or purchase new handicapped-accessible vehicles. The city can also sell 2000 new medallions, but all of those must go to accessible vehicles.

    “By working together and finding common ground, I am pleased that we have been able to reach a deal that will extend taxi and livery service to the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan, while ensuring full access for the disabled,” Governor Cuomo said. “The bill as originally passed failed to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and did not provide any incentive for the livery industry to ensure disabled New Yorkers had full access to the taxicab system.”

    Accessibility issues, long assumed to be a front for the powerful medallion and taxi-owner lobby, have indeed been concerns for a while. The current fleet of taxi cabs in New York City are simply not handicapped-accessible, and the TLC’s Taxi of Tomorrow is not either, must to the concern of many. This new bill should address some concerns.

    As I reported earlier on Tuesday, the new livery medallions will be phased in over three years. Apparently, the city is set to sell them for $1500 each while subsequent owners can hawk them at market rates, thus creating an absurd situation where the government is literally giving money away. Meanwhile, the city says it can generate $1 billion revenue from the sales of the livery and yellow cab medallions, and that’s money that is sorely needed in this economy.

    For the city, this measure is something of a rebuke as the City Council failed to pass such an expansion of cab service, and the Mayor who has long championed this bill did not fail to notice his victory. “Last January, in my State of the City speech, I announced that our Administration would seek to achieve a goal that had eluded the City for three decades: bringing legal taxi service to the 7 million New Yorkers who live outside Manhattan’s Central Business District,” Michale Bloomberg said. “Today, we have achieved that landmark goal – and it is a huge victory for all New Yorkers who have ever sought to hail a cab outside of Manhattan and in northern Manhattan. The new law and the agreement reached today will also generate a much-needed billion dollars in revenue for the City through the sale of 2,000 new yellow medallions, all of which will be wheelchair accessible. In fact, today’s agreement, by increasing the number of medallions sold by 500, will provide even more revenue for the City than the original bill passed in June.”

    Despite the mayor’s pronouncements, by going over the head of the City Council, the mayor sacrificed some elements of New York City homerule. The state now must approve a Disabled Accessibility Plan that will “through the gradual phase-in of accessible vehicles to the fleet.” Without such approval, the state can withhold 1600 new yellow cab medallions — or the equivalent of nearly another $1 billion in city revenue. Meanwhile, current fleet owners, somehow alleging a reduction in the value of their medallions, may try to challenge this new law, but city officials do not expect that challenge to succeed. This new bill is not a government taking, and current yellow cabs don’t serve the areas targeted by this new bill.

    So the winners here are the vast majority of New York City residents who live where those yellow cabs will not go. Even as transit service is cut back through reductions in payroll tax revenue, the city’s taxi network is expanding, and that should allow some more New Yorkers to give up their auto-centric lives. After three decades, this new bill legitimizes and expands a practice that has been ongoing, and New York’s transportation policy should be better off for it. It’s now only a matter of time before green, hailable livery cabs start competing with the city’s extensive fleet of yellow cabs for the hearts of New Yorkers.

    http://secondavenuesagas.com/2011/12...arns-priority/

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    Painstakingly Reimagining City’s Cabs, Down to the Floor Mats

    By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM


    Eric Michael Johnson for The New York Times
    Final decisions about New York’s next taxi, the Nissan NV 200, came after months of
    discussions and research. A prototype, above, arrived Saturday.

    LA JOLLA, Calif. — The goateed French designer and the bespectacled New York City bureaucrat had been at it for about 20 minutes now, politely arguing about the pros and cons of a particular style of plastic sheet.

    “It’s more modern,” said the Frenchman, speaking from inside a life-size mockup of a yellow minivan, parked, somewhat incongruously, in an outdoor Zen garden-cum-design studio on the outskirts of this oceanside village. “Mmm,” said his client, David S. Yassky, the taxi commissioner of New York City. “I’m just not comfortable with that.”

    The subject of this debate was a humdrum object more commonly perceived as a fogged-up, scratchiti-marred eyesore: the plastic partition separating the front and rear seats of a yellow cab.
    But Mr. Yassky and the designer, Francois Farion of Nissan, were in the midst of rethinking every element of New York’s next taxicab, and when a once-in-a-lifetime chance comes along, no detail can be overlooked.

    As the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow contest, Nissan secured a 10-year contract, worth an estimated $1 billion in sales, to be the sole manufacturer of New York City’s 13,000 cabs. In return, the company pledged to create a bespoke taxicab: the first car since the Checker to be designed nearly from the ground up for the sole purpose of carrying millions of tourists, businesspeople and intoxicated clubgoers around the rough-and-tumble streets of New York City. (The Ford Crown Victoria and other taxis were typically retrofitted for the job.)

    Starting in late 2013, medallion owners will be required by the Taxi and Limousine Commission to buy the Nissan NV 200, which is expected to cost about $29,000, as they retire their existing cabs. The Nissans will be phased in over three to five years, with exceptions for wheelchair-accessible cabs.

    The NV 200 will be officially unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show. But the final decisions happened here, in a series of meetings in December behind the black tinted windows of Nissan’s sleek, glass-and-concrete American design headquarters.

    In a modernist planning room with a floor-to-ceiling screen reminiscent of the film “Minority Report,” Nissan designers and engineers met with a delegation from the Bloomberg administration to iron out everything from the precise hue of yellow body paint to whether the backseat temperature control units would tick up by one degree or two at a time.

    “This is not just painting another car yellow,” said Megan Canning, deputy director of the Design Trust for Public Space and a member of the city contingent. A reporter from The New York Times was allowed to sit in on the proceedings, which followed months of discussions and research.

    It is rare for a global corporation like Nissan, which is accustomed to selling its vehicles on multiple continents, to design a car for a single metropolitan market, and from the start, the company, whose American headquarters are in Tennessee, lacked Big Apple expertise. Mr. Farion, who went to Nissan from Peugeot, observed that the Taxi of Tomorrow was being overseen by a French designer at a studio in California on behalf of a Japanese company: “We have to get in a New York mood, in a not-particularly New York atmosphere.”

    To help, the company performed its own taxi autopsy, dismantling retired cabs to find the internal injuries that years of taxi service can bring. The gruesome results, presented to Mr. Yassky’s team, included rusted-over suspensions and broken underbodies. Shift knobs had been rubbed down to a nub.

    The company also sent scouts to determine the current conditions in New York. The results were similarly grim. “The state of materials in the cab — the state of the partition, the vinyl — it’s torn and dirty,” said Mr. Farion, who spent a month hailing cabs at all hours of the day. “Being French, I’m not germophobic in the least, but it was a very urban and derelict environment that we wanted to change.”

    The session began with a review by Steve Monk, a Nissan director of vehicle testing, of the particular challenges faced by cars that spend 24 hours a day trundling along New York’s distinctly pockmarked streets.

    A chart was presented that compared the wear and tear on New York City taxis with cars in the rest of the world. Manhattan roads, it turns out, are about four times rougher than the American average, and only third-world countries in South America and Africa beat up their cars more.

    “It’s not like you’ve got much deeper potholes than the worst part of the world,” Mr. Monk told the New Yorkers, prompting some laughter. “They’re normal potholes that you drive over much more frequently in a short period of time.”

    Next up was the choosing of the horns. The city, in announcing the Taxi of Tomorrow, heralded a “low annoyance” horn that would be gentler than the current honk, which one Nissan executive described as “a very guttural scream kind of a situation.”

    Three choices were proffered. The first option, more common to Europe, had a screechy, goofy tone; Mr. Yassky grimaced slightly as the honk filled the room. “That was the clown-car one,” Mike Hobson, who oversees fleet vehicles for Nissan, said with a grin. Option 2, at a higher pitch, was illustrated with a photograph of a child blasting an air horn.

    Finally, a solution was found. Mr. Yassky tensed for the third horn, only to relax as a mournful trumpet blast resonated through the speakers. It was deep but not jarring, loud but not shrill. As a comparison, Mr. Hobson replayed the Crown Vic horn; its piercing two-tone note caused the room to break out laughing. “It’s more grating, to be sure,” Mr. Yassky said.

    With the horn settled, the discussion shifted to the cab’s appearance. Nissan has picked a brighter yellow paint than is currently seen in the taxi fleet, and Mr. Farion pointed out that today’s most common yellow “is a bit too heavy, very red, and a little dull.” The cab’s interior is set to include yellow stitching and a yellow trim on the seat belt for a unified look.

    Foul odor was among the most common complaints expressed by passengers in focus groups, so an antimicrobial material is being used for the NV 200’s flooring, to kill germs and absorb smells. The mats, which resemble the speckled floors of Lexington Avenue line subway cars, are partially made of recycled tires.

    The partition, however, was more divisive. Mr. Farion was in favor of a more stylish look — a solid sheath of Plexiglas, with only a handful of quarter-size holes. The passenger would be walled off from the front seat, but Nissan engineers suggested that a London-style two-way intercom could be installed so riders could still talk to the driver.

    But Mr. Yassky preferred the traditional, slide-to-open window. “I worry that if it’s completely closed off, then there’s really no opportunity for interaction between driver and passenger,” he said, noting that some cabbies think speaking to riders can lead to better tips. One engineer wondered if the intercom would provide clearer communication. “I feel that’s a pretty big ‘if’ to be relying on,” Mr. Yassky said. (Nissan is sticking with the traditional opening for now.)

    The intercom speaker would be installed just below the cabbies’ picture ID. One Nissan executive suggested a muting option: “Imagine the face with an ‘X’ across it!” he said, to laughter.
    Back in the conference room, another drawn-out discussion pivoted on the design of the taxi’s roof light. Can it be duller in the back, since fewer people hail cabs from behind? (Yes.) Should it include a second pair of turn signals? (No.)

    Other topics came fast and furious: What sort of storage beneath the driver’s seat, net or bin? What about the color of the meter cover? By 5 p.m., the group was beginning to tire. A needling debate over the attributes of the partition’s coin slot — Should it be rugged to keep coins from slipping? How much of an angle to avoid a rainfall of change? — was cut off. “Let’s pick and move on,” Mr. Yassky said.

    The taxi project is viewed as a coup by Nissan, which has already begun a tie-in marketing campaign. But it was also a novel, and sometimes difficult, process for a multibillion-dollar corporation that rarely has to cope with a real live customer sitting in on its planning meetings, kvetching about backseat air-conditioning levels and picking apart its design ideas.

    All that negotiation can make a car designer “feel they are getting directed like a puppet on a string,” Mr. Farion said over a seafood dinner, after wrapping up a 12-hour day of discussions. “We rarely design a car for two or three levels of customers, and that’s really what we have here: you design for the T.L.C., the customer, the cabdriver, the fleet owner, and you have to satisfy each a little bit.”

    This week in New York, Nissan will try to win over skeptics who wonder if the NV 200 — a plump, soccer-mom-style van that even the mayor conceded had a suburban feel — can replace the iconic Crown Vic and Checker cabs in New Yorkers’ hearts and minds.

    The car will feature a host of amenities, including airplane-style reading lights, power outlets to charge smartphones and laptops, a transparent roof for skyline views and floor lights to ensure purses are not lost during late-night rides.

    Still, Nissan knows it faces a tough audience. In a company-sponsored focus group last year, some New Yorkers said they were unsure about the whole endeavor: “It’s a 10-minute cab ride anyway, so why bother?”

    “New Yorkers are so used to their cab rides,” Mr. Farion said, “that they sometimes forget how it could be better.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/ny...s.html?_r=3&hp

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    LOL!


    New York's Taxi of Tomorrow: What's Missing from The Cab of The Future

    By Victoria Bekiempis

    New York has supposedly stepped into the future with high-tech taxis which, sadly, are nothing like the vehicles in The Fifth Element. Anyway, the City will soon have a new official fleet of Nissan NV200 cabs, which will feature amenities such as sliding doors, skylights, USB cell phone chargers, GPS, and odor-resistant(?) upholstery.

    While some herald the end of the Crown Vic era as a step in the right direction, there's clearly lots of room for improvement -- aside from making these cabs more Korben Dallas-like. Runnin' Scared's expert team has come up with a list of features that must be added to these Nissans immediately.

    Pizza
    What's worse than being drunk in a cab? Being drunk and hungry in a cab, obvs. A small selection of ready-to-serve cheese and pepperoni slices would solve this problem.

    Bedpans
    Why suggest vomit bags -- like the kind you get on airplanes -- when paper is dangerously thin?

    Unisex Urinals
    As a Voice staffer put it: "When are you in a cab and you don't have to piss?

    Privacy Screens
    This would make the Lower East Side-to-Willismaburg trip with that random bar pickup so much less awkward.

    Condoms
    Privacy screens don't protect against disease and pregnancy, silly!

    Plan B
    Sometimes prophylactics don't protect against pregnancy either!

    Adderall/Xanax
    The former, for when you WANT to keep the party going. The latter, for when you NEED the heart palpitations and cold sweats to stop.

    Bar, Stocked with Locally Sourced Drinks
    Hey, you are not driving, and Brooklyn is home to great whiskey and brews.

    Cabbies Who Will Go to Brooklyn
    Ditto.

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runnin...yorks_taxi.php

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    I would suggest back-seat GPS, so you know where the hell you are going (and can see when your "pilot" is deciding to use the scenic route) but I think they have something like that already..... If you can figure out how to get the advertisements and celebrity seatbelt warnings off the screen....

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    City’s New Five-Borough Cabs Stall in Court

    By Andre Tartar and Caroline Bankoff


    Starting this coming week, the Taxi and Limousine Commission was set to distribute the first batch of 18,000 new state-approved livery street hail permits for those new Granny Smith green cabs Mayor Bloomberg created to serve the frequently cab-less outer boroughs, where 80 percent of New Yorkers reside. But the city will have to put those plans on ice. Yesterday, a New York appellate court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the TLC from going ahead with its livery cab plans as a result of three lawsuits filed on Thursday by the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade.

    David Yassky, Commissioner of the TLC — whose homepage still features instructions for how to apply for one of the new permits — called the decision "unfortunate" and the the Mayor's office quickly tweeted: "Disappointing taxi decision that will delay safe & legal service for NYers outside Mnhtn. Exploring our appellate options expeditiously."

    In a statement provided to Daily Intel, the city's counsel pointed to the larger ramifications of the decision.

    In addition, because we are enjoined from issuing additional medallions, we are prevented from proceeding with a program which will provide significant benefits to the disabled and garner the City approximately $1 billion in critically needed revenues.

    He's referring to a part of the law that allowed the city to issue up to 2,000 new yellow taxi medallions which, while criticized as an unprecedented number, was seen as important for shoring up the city budget.


    The ruling, which was made by Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, was more procedural than substantive. His primary objection was the administration's decision to send the plan to the State Legislature rather than to a decidedly less friendly City Council.

    This court has trouble seeing how the provision of taxi service in New York City is a matter that can be wrenched from the hands of city government, where it has resided for some 75 years, and handed over to the state.

    Both governments are democracies, but only one is solely answerable on election day to the constituents of the five boroughs, those directly affected by the taxi service at issue here.

    Engoron also dismissed arguments made by attorneys for the state who pointed out that cabs sometimes serve customers who live outside the city, saying that that fact "simply proves too much" with regards to the plan's legal gray area. On the merits of the plan itself, he had little to say. Yet that hasn't diminished this as a victory in the eyes of the yellow taxi industry, who've been protesting the mayor's outer-borough cabs ever since he first proposed them.

    The MTBoT, which represents some 35 taxi fleet garages, applauded the court for "[applying] the brakes to one of the most egregious government end-runs and one of the most irresponsibly produced plans in recent memory."

    The MTBoT's statement to Daily Intel added that this injunction will stave off "economic disaster for more than 5,000 individual taxi driver-owners and thousands more taxi owners and cabbies who invested their life savings into what they regarded as the American Dream — the taxi medallion." Yellow cab owners currently pay as much as $1 million for the medallion granting them exclusive rights to pick up street hails anywhere in the city. Under the new outer-borough plan, livery cabs would pay just a $1,500 permit fee for much the same rights — just outside core Manhattan, of course.

    Saying they had successfully demonstrated "irreparable harm," the judge gives the law's opponents winning odds in this legal battle. But with so much at stake — for, among other things, Bloomberg's legacy — the city is likely to fight this thing to the bitter end. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who filed an amicus brief against the state in the cases, called the situation the result of "making an end-run around democracy." As he put it, "The Mayor has time to get this plan right—but he needs to work within the law, and with the City Council, to do it.”

    Unsurprisingly, Mayor Bloomberg himself had nothing nice to say about the successful halt of the plan. He referred to the aforementioned de Blasio brief as "stupid," and said the MTBoT's "home-rule" argument a demonstration of "contempt for the public."

    Judge Blocks City Plan for New Class of Livery Cabs [NYT]
    Livery Cab 'Street Hail' Plan Screeches to a Halt [DNAinfo]
    Judge Blocks Street-Hail Livery Cabs [WSJ]

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06...-in-court.html

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    Looks like the drivers will get the bulk of this increase which is well-deserved in my opinion. Of course that does not prevent the medalion owners from whining. What a bunch of greedy pigs

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    July 12, 2012, 12:52 pm Taxi Fares in New York to Rise by 17%

    By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUMThe cost to take a yellow cab in New York City is about to go up.

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted on Thursday to raise taxi fares by an average of 17 percent, the first major increase in eight years. The new fares are expected to go into effect in September.

    The cost of a fare between Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport will rise by $7, to $52, exclusive of tolls and tip. The surcharge on rides to Newark Liberty International Airport will also go up, to $17.50 from $15.

    Six members of the commission voted in favor; two voted against, and one abstained. The commission also approved a small adjustment in the amount that taxi owners can charge cabbies to rent their vehicles for a shift.

    But the bulk of the higher fares is expected to go directly toward higher wages for cabbies, whose pay has lagged behind inflation.

    "Taxi drivers have been working hard for six years with no raise," David S. Yassky, the chairman of the taxi commission, said on Thursday. "There comes a time you need to make sure people can earn a decent living."

    Mr. Yassky acknowledged that ridership could fall with the increase, but he said that, historically, fare increases had led to only slight declines in demand.
    Owners of large taxi fleets, however, complained that they would not receive a larger proportion of the higher fares, saying they should be able to charge drivers proportionately higher rates for renting a vehicle.

    Michael Woloz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, which frequently sues the city's taxi commission, said the yellow cab industry would "seriously look at all of our options, including legal options."

    "What happened today was not a package," Mr. Woloz said. "It was a lopsided giveback to the drivers."

    The last across-the-board fare increase occurred in 2004, when metered fares rose by about 26 percent.

    Nora C. Marino, one of the commissioners who voted against the fare increase, said she supported a raise for drivers but was concerned that the package was not "balanced."

    "You could see it in the room," Ms. Marino said. "When one half of the room is cheering and the other half of the room has long faces, that's not a balance."
    Cabbies' groups, who have complained for years that drivers could barely earn a living in their jobs, were thrilled by the outcome of Thursday's vote. As the results were announced, Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, was handed a bouquet of flowers from a driver. Her eyes began to well.

    "Today is a day of celebration," she said after the vote.

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    True, but it gets to be an ouchie when you can almost rent a Zip car, drive it from NJ to LaGuardia, drop it and get on a plane cheaper than taking a taxi from Midtown.....

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    I guess that is true in principal although my experience with zip car is not so good in terms of pricing and availability.

    Still, most of my disdain is reserved for the Taxi owners who are unhappy they are not sharing in the increase. The drivers work really hard for really low wages. They basically treat the drivers like indentured servants.

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    Any driver who claims a huge victory for this 17 percent increase in 8 long years, just because the owners got zip is a F.....G MORON....... bread has gone up 54%, eggs 60%, chicken 45%, chopped meat 50%... never mind the gasoline at 48%.....the only thing resembles this fare hike is milk at 17%..)))... pleeaaseeeeeee don't let me start.......

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    Not very practical, but cool .


    Let's Go Back to the Future for the Taxi of Tomorrow

    by Jessica Dailey



    Here now, a design for the Taxi of Tomorrow that might placate the calls for a vehicle with "swagger"—the iconic 'Back to the Future' DeLorean, re-imagined as a yellow cab. Concocted by designer Mike Lubrano, the expertly photoshopped flying car was actually created as part of an advertising campaign for Nooka, but it's fun to pretend that the Taxi of Tomorrow won't actually look like a soccer mom van.



    A DeLorean as an Iconic New York City Yellow Taxi Cab [Laughing Squid]
    Back to the Future DeLorean [Mike Lubrano]
    Tricked Out DeLorean Taxi Brings NYC's Iconic Yellow Cabs Back to the Future [InhabitatNYC]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/1...f_tomorrow.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddhead View Post
    I guess that is true in principal although my experience with zip car is not so good in terms of pricing and availability.

    Still, most of my disdain is reserved for the Taxi owners who are unhappy they are not sharing in the increase. The drivers work really hard for really low wages. They basically treat the drivers like indentured servants.
    You're 100% correct. I drove a yellow back in the 80's. I was younger and wanted the excitement of experiencing my native NY like I haven't before. For my personality, it was the best and worst job I ever had. The good, because driving at night you saw/heard everything possible. it was similar to being a doctor, you always had the pulse of the city in your hands. NYC is a living entity and driving everywhere you had a sense for what type of night or week it was going to be.

    The bad and the ugly...these cabs are in terrible shape, they are held together by duct tape and prayers. The owners of the garages are constantly ripping off the drivers who are from other parts of the world. They are treated like indentured servants and the owners know they can get away with that. Everytime there is a fair increase, the garages raise the lease/gates for a 12 hr shift, or 24 hr or weekly, however the driver chooses to lease the cab. So, in reality the driver never sees a raise in his/her take home pay. Not to mention the rise in gas prices, that comes out of the drivers pocket.

    It's a shame, because just like bartenders, waiters and other professions that deal with tips, it would be nice to drive with native NY'ers, just as it is to drink in a bar with a NY character bartender.

    That was many moons ago in my life and a lot has changed since then, although one thing just popped into my mind which is also a major factor....The head of the TLC is a position appointed by the Mayor. It's usually handed to someone who probably helped with the election or re-election of the Mayor. When I was driving it was Diane McGrath if my memory is correct, it really doesn't matter who it is, they almost always side with the owners point of view and basically disregard anything that would favour the driver.

    Also, the TLC inspectors prey on the cab driver for revenues, handing out bogus summonses knowing that 99% of the drivers are too afraid to fight it...for example, they would give you a $250 fine if someone threw a candy wrapper on the backseat floor and say it was for a "dirty" cab violation.

    Those are some of the bads, and uglies....but overall, it's a wonderful job if you could make a decent living wage but you can't, and you have the personality for that type of job. I could probably give some Psychiatrists and Sociologists a lesson or two. :-)

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    TLC BOARD APPROVES NEW RULES ALLOWING SMARTPHONE E-HAILING

    Posted by Brooklyn Mark on December 14, 2012

    Appy Days Ahead for Taxi Passengers!
    The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today announced the passage, by its Board of Commissioners, of a pilot program that would allow passengers to “e-hail” a New York City taxicab via downloadable smartphone applications (“apps”). Five votes were necessary to approve the program, and seven of the Board’s nine commissioners voted yes, while two abstained.
    “This is an exciting day for taxi riders,” said TLC Commissioner/Chairman David Yassky. “It’s the TLC’s job to represent passengers, and when new technology comes along, we want to make sure it’s available to them. New York City is known for embracing innovation, and we’ve certainly done that today.”
    Once the program goes into effect sometime after February 15, 2013, app providers and developers will have to demonstrate their compliance with the guidelines the TLC will put in place to protect passengers from overcharges and ensure that services are only provided by properly licensed drivers before being allowed in the marketplace. The program year-long program would be evaluated quarterly, and if successful as anticipated, it could then be extended or replaced by permanent rules.

    Passengers will be able to “e-hail” nearby taxicabs their smartphones within a half-mile in the city’s central business district south of 59th Street from east side to west side, or within a mile-and-a-half elsewhere in the city.
    The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) was created in 1971, and is the agency responsible for the regulation and licensing of almost 200,000 yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles, their drivers, and the businesses that operate and support their industries. It is recognized as the largest and most active taxi and ground transportation regulatory body in the United States.
    To find out more about the TLC, or to review its rules, regulations and procedures, we encourage you to visit our official web site at www.nyc.gov/taxi or call 311 in New York City, or 212-NEW-YORK from outside of New York City.
    Contact: Allan J. Fromberg – 212-676-1013 (allan.fromberg@tlc.nyc.gov)

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    E-Hail via smartphone apps is the best thing that happened to the taxi industry in decades.. Wise up skeptics, technology is nothing to be scared off...

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    Judge blockes plan for nre taxi........ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/ny...?smid=pl-share

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