Posts Tagged ‘taxicab commission’

Some Cab Drivers May Be Granted a Third Extension to Install Credit Card Readers

Rounds 1, 2, and now 3 go to the cabbies.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission announced this afternoon that it would consider on a case-by-case basis whether a cab driver was "unfairly denied" the opportunity to install an electronic credit card payment system by the Sept. 30 deadline.
Though the commission's press release clearly stated that this was [...]

Shared Riding For Nats Games

During the D.C. Council taxi reg hearing last month, one thing several cab drivers grumbled about was the death of shared riding, where they could cart multiple riders with multiple destinations (one even suggested ride sharing would be a solution for people going to parts of D.C. where it's hard to catch a cab). Now, [...]

Cab Drivers: An Unhappy Bunch

About three hours into today’s D.C. Council hearing over two taxicab laws—the modernization act, and a bill that would add wheelchair-accessible cabs to the fleet—it occurred to me that the reason drivers are seen as such a powerful bloc is because they share one interest: Being the underdogs.
Whether it’s by the councilmembers, the hotel association, [...]

Taxi Survey: People Don’t Like D.C. Cab Service

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh's online taxi survey garnered more than 4,000 responses, Mike DeBonis reports in the Post. Naturally, it skews toward the young and Internet-savvy (and two-thirds of the respondents say they hail a cab at least weekly), but the results aren't surprising: "93 percent of respondents favored requiring all taxis to accept credit [...]

Luke Russert’s Top 5 NYC Destinations

Earlier this week when the Taxicab Commission voted for a proposal that would raise rates and modernize the fleet with newer cars and credit card machines, there was actually quite a bit of outrage from city dweller media types who tend to stick to national issues. While that's probably because they rely more on cabs [...]

Cabs Are Probably, Sort Of Raising Rates

Hey y'all. Welcome back from the holiday! The big headline in this story is that taxi cabs will likely be increasing their rates from $1.50 to $2.75. But read a little further, and it turns out that there will also be fewer surcharges, so essentially more money will be going to the driver, less to [...]

Kwame Brown: Undercover Councilmember

D.C. government employees might want to watch out for the above face. That's because, like the prince who dresses in rags to see how his subjects live, At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown has taken to dressing down and testing out city services.
Unlike a fairy tale prince, though, he tweets about his adventures.

Was Leon Swain Jr. Too Good At Playing The Criminal?

In the past few weeks, City Desk and everyone else praised Taxicab Commission Chairperson Leon Swain Jr. for his starring role as a police informant. The audio evidence is pretty clear that Swain is one talented actor. David Simon needs to put Swain in his next series.
Swain performed on hours and hours of F.B.I- produced [...]

More Than Two Dozen Indicted In Bribery Scandal

WaPo is reporting that more than two dozen individuals have been indicted in the ever-expanding taxi-cab bribery scandal:
"The suspects are cab drivers or others with financial ties to the industry, said the sources, who requested anonymity because the case is actively under investigation. The indictments remained sealed on Friday.
FBI agents and local police, the sources [...]