It took more than a couple of legal strategems, but New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg has outwitted the city's powerful yellow taxi lobby. The State Legislature passed a bill making it legal for New Yorkers to hail livery cabs from the street. What's a livery cab? It's a private taxi, unmarked, often a Town Car, usually found in areas in and outside of Manhattan that aren't well served by yellow taxis. They don't run on meters, either; a fare is agreed upon between the rider and driver.

It is illegal for livery cabs to pick up 'street hails,' as they're called, and the yellow taxi industry wants to keep it that way. Blooomberg has been trying to get that changed, and did so by circumventing the City Council, which has usually supported the taxi industry. Assuming governor Cuomo signs the bill into law and it sticks, livery cabs would need to buy medallions and be fitted with roof signs, fare meters and GPS trackers, and be painted in specific colors to denote their role. And there are still places, like Midtown and the Financial District, where they would be forbidden from picking up fares.

Livery-cab trips would also come with a $0.50-cent surcharge, the money going to support mass transit. But neither that nor the possibility of more taxi service for more NYC residents has kept the yellow taxi industry from howling, with a representative saying it "will stop at nothing" to protect its interests.


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      DrEvil
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, let me bring you up to speed. Women have been raped by drivers in Yellow taxis as well as in these cars. When in the outer boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island etc.) These are the cabs that we use 99% of the time. The problem is (was) these other cabs would bring passengers into the city, but must return to the outer boroughs empty. While, (especially is peak hours, and after midnight) the yellow pick and choose which cab fares they want to take. I find these gypsies to operate cleaner cabs (since they usually own them) more courteous, and offer better rates. They may now be forced to use the standard taxi rates.
      soundbargaming
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look! Its B.D. Joe. Let's go make some CRAZY MONEY! Are you ready? Here we go!!!
      sbaldrickz28
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every day my wife and I have to walk from the Long Island railroad station to our office in a very seedy area. In the twenty years we have been doing this, I can remember seeing only a handful of yellow cabs. However, the gypsy cabs are plentiful, they usually have no partitions and many are the extended Town Cars and I am tall and that is a BIG plus, but the reality of this is it is for the most part the same drivers in the same cars day in and day out. Most of them know us and are friendly and many times some of them actually wait for us to come out of the station. Most people leave the house at the same time every day, they use the same train, bus, or subway every day, and these drivers are out to get the same fairs to those trains busses and subways every day. However, the way it stands now we have to duck down side streets or meet in parking lots wasting time in the morning and exposing us to the riff raff we are trying to avoid by taking the cabs in the first place. This law is a Godsend, we can soon walk out of the station, put our hand up and a clean extended Town Car driven by someone we know can now pull up and take us through the nonsense of that area straight to our office door. Thank you, thank you thank you Mayor Bloomberg.
      Basil Exposition
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will the livery cabs be required to operate those Nissan vans? If not I could see a LOT of folks (myself included) being happy to pay an extra 50 cents to ride in something a little nicer.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, we already have to wait in stupid taxi lines instead of hailing a cab around the corner. What's that for, to be fair to the people who don't feel confident enough to flag one down? It's NYC, that's part of living there, but instead every time I get out of Grand Central I have to wait in a line because I'm not allowed to go around the corner and grab a ride. Can't wait for schmuckberg to get the hell out.
      dontneedpants
      • 4 Years Ago
      Admittedly I don't know much about this issue, but at first glance it seems risky to get into anything that’s not obviously a taxi. Ripe opportunity for foul play.
        John
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dontneedpants
        I work in NYC. The problem isn't the lack of taxi. The problem is that yellow cabs refuse to serve certain areas or refuse to take passengers to the boroughs (even though the law requires them to do so). Livery cabs are already heavily used...So whatever danger you think you might face is the exact same people already driving cabs. The difference is that they can pick up street fairs now. These are not gypsy cabs; they are licensed, carries medallions, with roof signs, fare meters and GPS. Drivers pay an incredible price for those taxi medallions, and that can be taken away if they screw up. You face far more danger from being raped by NYPD than any licensed cab driver.
        DrEvil
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dontneedpants
        dontneedpants: My post above, was meant to be a reply to you. I screwed up.