Car Club Holds Its Annual Show in New York City for First Time
Among members of the Checker Cab Car Club, the true home of the beloved bulbous taxis is under dispute. For some, it is New York City; for others, it is Kalamazoo, Mich.
“They made ‘em, but we drove ‘em,” said Queens native Mike Angelich, as he stood amid a long line of Checker cabs parked on both sides of a closed-off residential block of Greenpoint Friday afternoon.
Taxi drivers will get a chance to test out new safety technology as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero pedestrian initiative.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission Thursday backed a one-year study on black box data records to log hard braking and speeding, a driver alert system, automatic speed limits, and cameras in the city’s fleet.
Advocates for the disabled hail Wednesday’s TLC vote. – JENNIFER FERMINO/NY DAILY NEWS
A 30-cent surcharge will be applied to every New York City cab fare, officials said Wednesday, in order to fund upgrades that will make half of the taxi fleet wheel-chair accessible.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved the surcharge to the sound of cheering and applause from a packed hearing room in lower Manhattan.
Starting in January 2015, the surcharge will be applied to all fares and put into a fund dedicated to overhauling 7,500 yellow and green cabs so that they are wheelchair accessible by 2020.
There are almost 14,000 taxis across the city and fewer than 700 are currently wheelchair accessible. There are an estimated 90,000 wheelchair users across New York, according to the Mayor’s Office for People with a Disability.
“The complexities of this issue have paralyzed the agency for years,” commission Chairwoman Meera Joshi said.
A suspected carjacker was caught on video early Monday, as he clung to the side of a taxi while it sped down the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, it looked like a high-speed chase out of an action movie, but the man clinging onto the cab was no stunt double. Police said he was a real-deal criminal hanging onto Mohammed Millogo’s cab.
“I was caring if he has a knife or if he has a gun,” Millogo said.
Police said the man is Matthew McCorkle, 26, of the Bronx. Investigators believe he tried to carjack the taxi around 2 a.m. Monday on the expressway at 138th Street, but the driver hit the gas. Continue reading
Taxi drivers took to cocaine or marijuana at unusually high rates in 2013 — more than doubling the number of cabbies who got sacked for drug use a year earlier, records show.
There were 51 hacks who lost their licenses after testing positive for controlled substances last year — a significant hike from the 20 who were canned in 2012 and 34 in 2011.
This year, 16 drivers have already had their Taxi and Limousine Commission licenses yanked for failing their annual drug test — including one who tested positive for a party-hardy mix of coke and weed.