Dear Taxi Dave

I’m a yellow taxi driver. On August 3, at 4:32pm, I was dropping a passenger off at the Southeast corner of West 102nd Street and Central Park West, with my hazard lights on. Suddenly, a vehicle pulled up behind me and started honking continuously. The driver then came up to my window and started screaming at me, yelling a lot of bad words. He then pulled over on the next block, came out of his vehicle and started coming at me. Maybe his intention was to attack me. For my own safety, I drove north and made a left turn at West 107th Street and called police. I made a report. This is a crazy time. All drivers should be careful.

– Abul Asad Khan

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Why can’t I buy a Chevy Impala or Hyundai Elantra? Why can’t I accept credit card payments with Square or PayPal? The TLC is manipulating the industry and molding it how they see fit to make revenue from Curb, Tesla, and other big companies.

I don’t want handouts at JFK taxi appreciation day! I want fair justice of a taxi industry. I want to buy the vehicle I want and get paid with the credit card provider I want.

Look around. How many yellows are on the street now? Even if the pandemic ends and the economy gets better, what will become of the yellow industry?

Imagine just few hundred yellows on street… Uber and other app companies will inflate their prices to unheard of levels. Already, many mom-and-pop businesses have gone under.

Next, the TLC wants to push electric vehicles for their Democratic infrastructure push. Who will pay maintenance on those high-priced vehicles that a person can only get parts at a dealer? How long it will take to get parts for a failed inspection on these cars, meaning out of work until the repair is done?

What do we know of the batteries? Imagine working and on the 10th hour, the battery runs out on 43rd St. and 3rd Ave.

The next administration will increase the surcharges to take the state out of debt from the pandemic. It’s crazy. I’d rather have a passenger put a gun to my head and ask me for money and leave, because that’s exactly what the city is doing to me.

– Taxi Solomon

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Congestion Pricing Plan Unfair to NJ Drivers

“Under New York’s proposed congestion tax plan, when commuters go across the GW Bridge and drive into Midtown, they will get whacked, not only with the $16 a day toll at the GW Bridge, which is ridiculous, but now an additional $15 dollars when they drive south of 60th Street. Yes, $31 dollars a day or more just to drive to work in New York City – or to see friends or family. That’s absurd double taxation at its finest. Even more galling: Unlike the shared Port Authority resources from the tolls on this bridge, that help New York and New Jersey, every nickel of that new Midtown congestion tax will go to New York, to their MTA, to help fix their subways. Not a cent will go back to the PATH or NJ Transit to actually help our state in any way.”

– N.J. Congressman Gottheimer
Source: Insider NJ

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Wrong-Way Congestion Pricing

“The Bloomberg administration balanced its budget by selling millions upon millions in taxi medallions after completing an Environmental Impact Statement which indicated there was room for a few thousand (not tens of thousands or even 100,000) more vehicles. From that time until the pandemic, there was essentially no increase in the number of commuter cars entering Midtown and no increase in yellow cabs. But at the same time, there was a 100,000 vehicle increase in Ubers, Lyfts and other for-hire vehicles – which, unlike commuters, not only drive in but then drive around all day, adding to congestion exponentially. To raise money for the MTA, we should charge the real vehicles that cause congestion. Charge app-hail vehicles what the yellows pay and raise about half a billion dollars per year. The money can be raised just by passing a law, not by having to implement $100 million of electronic tolling systems throughout Manhattan. It can be done without interrupting Manhattan’s comeback.”

– Lucius Riccio, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs
Source: New York Daily News

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One Thing Leads to Another

“Every trip is important. Any trip could be the one that makes your day, and any trip that you turn down could be the one that breaks the chain. Every driver needs to realize that, in our business, one thing leads to another.”
– Joseph Rubino, The Transportation Alliance

 

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Speed Kills

“[On a weekend in August], we saw two high-speed, fatal crashes on our streets – both of which occurred within school zones, near speed cameras we aren’t legally allowed to operate. Once again, we urge the state legislature to allow our cameras to operate 24/7. There must be consequences for dangerous drivers, no matter what time of the week they break the law. Speed cameras are an efficient, equitable way to reduce speeding, and we must do everything in our power to stop violence on our streets before it happens.”

– Hank Gutman, DOT Commissioner