Safer Cab Drivers - Yes!
calls on the Mayor, City Council and Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to
couple tougher safety standards with higher pay for cab drivers as part of a
campaign to improve public safety and professionalize the taxi industry.
Transportation Alternatives strongly supports the Mayor's higher insurance and safety requirements. However, one of the TLC's priorities must be encouraging cab driving as a career choice, not just an interim job. Driver safety (as judged by the number of summonses received) is directly related to experience and is length of service. Drivers with five or more years of experience average only 20% of the summonses of those with less than five. The best way to encourage longer tenures and more professional behavior is to pay drivers more. Lease regulations passed in 1996 are supposed to ensure drivers get a bigger share of any fare hikes. If this reform is not working, new rules ensuring drivers a fair share must be instituted.
Will Stricter Standards
Four Steps to a Safer,
More Professional Taxicab Industry
Dangerous cabs are in our parks too - cabs running off the road in Central Park have put four runners/cyclists in the hospital in the last three months. Help us get cars out of the park for good! Auto-Free Central Park meets at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of each month (see the calendar). Or help us collect signatures on weekend afternoons on the loop road across from Tavern on the Green. Call Andrew at T.A. to help.