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The NYC Budget
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Why NYC Cabbies
Are The Best In
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9/11 Memorial Taxicab
Medallion Unveiled

Disability Advisory Board Meets - September 13

What is Fare?

Taxi Drivers Speak Out

We Need A
Rate Increase Now !!!

Hotel Doormen

No More Hack License Suspensions
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The Voice of the NYC Transportation Industry — Current Issue

Free Goodies To Cabbies at Crowne Plaza Hotel on 42nd St
September 11 2003 - Cabdrivers were given complimentary breakfast, coffee and a reusable mug at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 304 East 42nd Street, by the United Nations. The giveaway was put together by Crowne Plaza and Taxi Insider to highlight that there are TWO Crowne Plaza Hotels, one on 42nd and another between 48th and 49th on Broadway.

Remember Drivers
: The next time a passenger asks to be taken to the Crowne Plaza, ask, Times Square or the United Nations?

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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.

Then 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.
In the middle of this "obstacle madness" and at the end of each fare, we then flawlessly perform a financial transaction which includes stopping the meter, exchanging cash, issuing a receipt and filling out a trip sheet, all completed after stopping the taxi.

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?

Perception 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.
Did you ever hear, "It must be the cabbies fault?" That falls into the same illusion, as "There are never empty cabs during the rush hour." (If there were less traffic rush hour there would be more taxis!)

We 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.
The truth is when you compare taxis mile for mile with all other vehicle classes, yellow taxi drivers have LESS accidents than any other vehicles on the roads in New York City.

We are the safest drivers!