Summer 1999, p.4

Taxi Boss Raises Standards

The revolving door that allowed newly licensed drivers to pilot taxis has been nailed shut, the New York Post reported June 25. As part of Chairwoman Diane McGrath-McKechnie's attempt to add teeth to the city's all-too-lax cab enforcement, the Taxi and Limousine Commission has decided to bar newly licensed motorists from getting a hack license for the first six months-when motorists are considered under probation. The policy is supported by studies showing that more experienced cab drivers are safer. T.A. supports the move and hopes that McGrath-McKechnie goes even further with taxi safety measures, including more driver awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians, plus speed-limiting and -monitoring devices on cab engines.

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