The Voice of the NYC Transportation Industry Current Issue
NYC's Safest Drivers
Contrary to belief by a major portion of the public, New York City yellow taxi drivers are the safest drivers in New York City. Every last yellow taxi driver has been trained to be the safest driver possible and statistics show we truly are the safest drivers.
It is incredible when you really think about it. Twelve-hour shifts in the most traffic congested city in America obviously provides a number of driving obstacles that most other cities simply do not have to contend with.
Let's see, we have the traffic obstacle, which is a no-brainer. How about a $10 a day fee on all private cars and trucks imposed in the Central Business District from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM? The pedestrian obstacle is always keeps us on our toes. Pedestrians are always darting out from behind parked cars and crossing the street against any red traffic light in their path. (better keep your eyes opened!)
Then, we have the pollution obstacle in which we breathe dark air from the diesel engines in buses and trucks that fill crowded streets and avenues. Did someone say pollution? Let us not forget the noise pollution heard from those same buses and trucks but also piercing your eardrums as you stop along side construction sites.
Sign pollution keeps your eyes rolling left, right; up as you avoid obstacles, glance in your rear view and side-view mirrors. Hopefully you see every demand and direction indicated by each sign. No right turn M-F 10am-10pm, no left turn 7am-7pm, Thru-Street no turns until Park Ave, 2nd Avenue or 6th Avenue respectively.
we have the joke signs: Buses only, as though the yellow taxicab is not
part of the transportation equation. Passenger movement is the name of
the game for both the buses and the taxis. We take passengers from point
A to point B in the safest, most courteous and most direct manner.
So why is it that taxi drivers are looked upon in this city in a more negative light than a bus driver or any other driver? Why is it, that if an accident occurs between a taxi and another vehicle, it is pre-assumed that the yellow cab must have been at fault?
of yellow cab drivers seems to this writer to be an apathetic attempt
of one's warped mind that suggests the answer "NYC taxi drivers"
to all New York City problems that are associated with traffic.
avoid all the above obstacles and always are successful in the safe transport
of our fares. Why do we get a condescending attitude from some passengers
and why is the public still unaware of our safety history? All we are
trying to do is to simply earn a living.
are the safest drivers!