Device Could Check Speeding Taxis
Naughty cabbies jack up the fare. Worse ones endanger their riders with whiplash speeds. And the worst do both.
A new device the Taxi and
Limousine Commission is installing on all new taxis has declared war on both
practices, giving the TLC new ammunition against hacks who cheat their
passengers and drive too fast, the New York Post reported Feb. 4.
The so-called zapper detector babysits the meter and looks for "zaps", electronic pulses that trick the meter into inflating the fare. When zapping begins, the detector stops the meter from turning until the offending pulses stop.
David Pollack of the League of Mutual Taxi Owners pronounced the new tool "fantastic", especially in its anti-speed guise. "Anyone who drives over 65 mph shouldn't be a taxi driver," he said.
After detectors become standard, sometime after tests finish in April, passengers who suspect their cabbie of zapping them ask for a receipt. If the receipt reads "Miles 2", someone's been naughty with the meter. Call 212 NYC-TAXI to file a complaint.