Posts Tagged ‘ron linton’

Hailo Cab App to Cease All North American Operations, Close Office in D.C.

Services will stop "imminently." Score one for Uber and Lyft?

D.C. Cab Commission May Launch New Van Service East of the River and in Other Neighborhoods

D.C. taxicabs have long been criticized for failing to serve low-income neighborhoods, particularly east-of-the-river neighborhoods in wards 7 and 8. But today, D.C. Taxicab Commission Chair Ron Linton says the commission  has a plan to put independently operated vans in these underserved areas.
The vans would take people anywhere from two to 20 blocks for a fixed rate of $5 or $6, with [...]

Discriminated Against By A D.C. Cab? There’s a New Form For That

D.C. cabs have long been accused of racial discrimination, with drivers said to frequently pass by black customers who are trying to hail a vehicle.
Today, the D.C. Taxicab Commission announced the launch of a new discrimination complaint process with the D.C. Office of Human Rights that would make it easier to report the discrimination and file the [...]

Uber to Virginia: See You in Traffic Court

A day after the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles directed Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the commonwealth, Uber says it will cover the costs for any of its drivers who are cited for disobeying the order.
The Virginia DMV issued cease and desist letters to the car services Thursday, writing that both firms are operating illegally [...]

D.C. Cabs Could Get Surge Pricing

One of the key differences between D.C. taxicabs and their app-based competitors, like Uber, is that the government strictly regulates uniform prices for all cabs, while non-taxis are allowed to have their prices respond to market demands, with prices fluctuating at any given moment.
But now, under a new proposal first reported on by WAMU, the D.C. [...]

This Week in D.C. Taxi News

The D.C. Taxicab Commission may have passed the once-impossible-seeming hurdle of getting vehicles to install credit card readers, but now it has to deal with some of the quirks of the new systems—including making sure payment service providers actually pay drivers for fares collected on their credit card machines.
The commission passed an emergency rule this [...]

District Line Daily: What a Zoo

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The director of the National Zoo said the recent zebra attack of a keeper and the [...]

RideScout Transportation Aggregating App Launches in D.C.

The RideScout app officially launched in D.C. last night in its 1776 tech startup headquarters. Mayor Vince Gray and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra were in attendance to cheer on the new tool, which aggregates all of the nearby transportation options for users.
The app allows users to see the available partnered transportation modes [...]

Taxicab Commission Meeting Turns Chaotic, so Chairman Cancels it

D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton adjourned the commission's monthly meeting earlier today after about an hour as hundreds of cab drivers loudly jeered him—the latest sign that the acrimonious relationship between taxi drivers and the city won't be healed anytime soon.
"This is [Linton's] attitude," said Taxicab Commissioner Stanley Tapscott, who's been a driver for more [...]

Five Cab Drivers Sue D.C. Over New Modernization Rules

Five taxicab drivers filed a class action suit in U.S. District Court against Taxicab Commission Chair Ron Linton Wednesday, claiming the commission's cab modernization requirements are discriminatory and a violation of the drivers' constitutional rights.
The suit also names the D.C. Cab Commission, Mayor Vince Gray, and the D.C. Council.
The cab drivers' arguments are kind of [...]

Cab Drivers Rally for Another Credit Card Reader Extension, Commission Says No

District cab drivers have had 120 days and two deadline extensions to retrofit their cabs with electronic payment readers. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is saying enough is enough, and come Oct. 1, any cab caught without a credit card reader will be towed.
But about 200 cab drivers gathered Wednesday in Freedom Plaza to rally against [...]

D.C. Cabs Finally Hit 50 Percent Mark for Credit Card Reader Installation

In case you're keeping track: D.C. cabs have just crossed the 50 percent threshold for complying with the requirement that they install credit card readers.
According to the latest numbers released by the D.C. Taxicab Commission Tuesday, 3,064 cabs have already had their Modern Taximeter System installed. In total, the cab commission projects that 5,962 will [...]

Teaser Released for Dramatic Documentary on D.C. Taxicabs

A teaser for the blockbuster D.C. taxicab documentary you may or may not have been waiting is out today, and if the background music is any indication, it's going to be dramatic.
Director Julie Espinosa posted the teaser to her YouTube channel and wrote that she would be following reform in the D.C. taxicab industry over [...]

Why You Still Can’t Find a Cab That Takes Credit Cards

The D.C. Taxicab Commission may have voted to install credit card readers in cabs more than two months ago, but a taxi that lets you pay with plastic is still harder to find than a seat on the Red Line during rush hour.
According to DCTC chair Ron Linton, only about 200 cabs out of the [...]

Chatty Taxi Drivers Earn Suspensions

Drive around the District and it's easy to see—cab drivers like hanging out at gas stations. For two cabbies, though, their passion for gas station chitchat could lead to the end of their careers.
Drivers Sharanjit Singh and Ephream Esheterom had their licenses suspended indefinitely today by the D.C. Taxicab Commission, all because they wouldn't leave [...]

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