Sparky Waid – Taxi Driver
“There are a lot of pleasures in driving a taxi cab , you hustle and make a honest living, you enjoy it, you have a lot friends; drivers that are your friends; you meet their friends and friends that you meet on the street. “
Big, fat tips are considered by the Taxi and Limousine Commission for cab drivers that are going to use wheelchair accessible cars and aid as transport service for disabled persons.
Taxi drivers who are eyeing several means to make nicer tips from their passengers could find the solution in driving wheelchair accessible cars.
Picking up disabled travelers and transporting them in wheelchair accessible cabs would mean an incentive for taxi drivers as the Taxi and Limousine Commission are considering to pay extra for such service. The commission is expected to give the approval on September 17.
The current rate for an accessible- ride dispatch is between $6 and $15. With the new dispatch program, a cab driver could earn from $10 to $30 each trip in Manhattan. This huge difference is attributed to the 30 cent surcharge mandatory for all taxi rides.
How much a driver would earn extra will depend on the distance and time when his service is sought. An automatic 50 cents is given already with all accessible taxi trips.
The TLC officials are targeting the year 2020 to have half of the 13,587 yellow cabs be wheelchair accessible. There are currently 587 cruising through town and according to the president of the United Spinal Association, James Weisman, “Anything that makes driving an accessible cab more attractive…is great for people with disabilities,”.
There’s just the problem with Uber, the taxi company who is said to be hacking away yellow cabs. Taxi medallion sales for yellow cabs could be facing difficulty as the company resists having wheelchair- friendly cars. It instead promotes wheelchair- accessible green cabs for disabled passengers using their UberWAV app.
Nonetheless, earning extra could mean a lot for most yellow cab drivers. This solution in the horizon will make a huge deal not only for taxi drivers but especially for the disabled members of the community.
More insights and tips for taxi cab drivers may be found on Taxi Cab Tips (www.taxicabs.com).
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Uber, similar companies could roll into Bellingham
Uber and similar ride-hailing services could come to Bellingham now that the city has decided how to regulate them.
Bellingham would be one of the smaller cities that Uber operates in, and one of only a handful in Washington state to have the service.
Since early this year, Bellingham City Council has wrestled with how to regulate ride-hailing or ride-sharing services, also called transportation network companies.
Monday night, Sept. 28, council agreed to create a new section of city code to regulate such companies in a 5-2 vote, with members Jack Weiss and Michael Lilliquist opposed.
Uber and similar smartphone app-based services allow people to offer their private cars up for rides without working for a cab company. The companies’ apps pair drivers with riders, who have an account that charges their credit card when they take a ride.
Uber started to generate buzz in Bellingham in November 2014, when it hosted meetings that were advertised on Craigslist as the first steps for people to learn about driving for the company. Uber hasn’t started operating here pending the council’s move to regulate the business.
The new rules are different from those that taxi companies need to follow in the city.
Taxi drivers in Bellingham need to get a special license from Bellingham Police Department by going through a local background check of “felony, misdemeanor and traffic convictions which have occurred in the last 10 years,” and submitting fingerprints, according to city code.
Under the new rule, Uber and other transportation networks would need to get background checks for their drivers on their own that include seven years (the maximum allowed by many state laws) of “local, state, and national criminal history databases and national state sex offender registries.” While some companies could require their drivers to submit fingerprints, the city rule doesn’t require it.
Weiss has voiced his concerns specifically about Uber’s background checks during various meetings on the topic, citing an Aug. 19 New York Times article that outlined evidence in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where district attorneys say people convicted of murder, sex offenses and property crimes have driven for Uber.
Both taxis and transportation networks are required by local and state law to have various levels of insurance and liability protection.
Both also are required to make sure drivers’ vehicles get inspected, but while taxis need to be inspected for a fee by Bellingham police, Uber drivers could have their cars inspected by a certified mechanic.
An Uber spokeswoman could not be reached Tuesday to comment on when the company might start offering rides in town. However, the company’s operations manager for the Pacific Northwest, Jonathan Hopkins, has testified before City Council on multiple occasions to comment on the company’s policy and talk about their interest in bringing Uber here.
Deb Logan, president of Yellow Cab, said she was glad to see the city had opted to regulate companies like Uber.
“It looks like they have put some teeth in regulating them,” Logan said. “Any regulation is probably better than none.”
But Logan said she was concerned about how workers for ride-hailing companies are treated, since they are considered contractors, not employees, like her drivers are.
She also said she was unsure what would happen if a bunch of extra drivers started operating in the city.
“It’s not going to help. It’s like putting too many cows on a pasture — there’s only so much grass for them to eat,” Logan said. “My biggest worry is it will make it difficult to make money out there so we can service the entire population.”
Mark Metzler, who co-owns Your Cab Company with his son Andy Metzler, also worried about the playing field being uneven.
“A ride share is two people going the same direction who get in the same car,” Metzler said. “Asking someone to come pick you up and drive you somewhere, that is not a ride share. These are cab companies and should be treated as such.”
Welcome all taxicab drivers, for hire, independent contractors, lease operator’s and limousine transportation providers and owners worldwide around the globe
It has been a long long week~
I just had a class in wordpress and I have my books all open so we will see~
Any one lqqking for me now that I think I have a handle on things a bit can find me at:
yo-taxi.com This is my only web site and you can enter my facebook or G+ from that site or search
email@example.com This is my business e-mail for yo-tax.com
firstname.lastname@example.org This is my personal e-mail
These are the 5 major sources, but I am in a lot of SO sites floating around lqqking for fares.
Lqqk soon, next 30 days most likely, for our new book: Out the Chute coming out!
EXCLUSIVE: ‘New York taxi driver tried to abduct me – and I feared being trafficked for sex until I jumped out of car’: Woman’s dramatic claims of kidnap on 2am journey home sparks internet debate
- Yinan Xia has posted a lengthy Facebook account saying that journey home from Manhattan to Jersey City turned into nightmare
- She writes that she is suffering from severe mental trauma after taxi driver went miles off route while she sat in the back in ‘terror’
- Told of jumping from moving cab at toll plaza and running towards female worker who said: ‘It’s going to be okay, I’ll take care of you.’
- Account shared more than 8,000 times has raised series of questions – including why she did not initially mention that she had been drinking
- But Xia, who is a volunteer counselor for domestic violence victims accused critics of ‘victim blaming’ and stood by her version of events
Dramatic account: Yinan Xia has written about how she feared being abducted – and how she escaped by jumping from a moving cab at a toll plaza
A young woman has sparked a debate on social media after claiming that a New York City taxi driver tried to abduct her and turn her into a sex slave.
Yinan Xia said that she became terrified she was being abducted when the driver sped off onto a highway in New Jersey instead of taking her straight home.
The volunteer domestic abuse counselor jumped out at a toll booth and ran to police before posting an account of her ordeal on Facebook, which has now gone viral.
In her post she included the route that the driver took and revealed she is suffering from severe mental trauma.
The post sparked a mixed reaction on Facebook and while some praised her bravery others said that it was ‘suspect’.
In response Miss Xia posted a robust defense in which she said attacked the ‘victim shaming and blaming’.
She also said had drunk two vodka and oranges and that her usual limit was eight or nine cocktails – but denied alcohol had anything to do with what happened.
Her account has now been shared more than 8,000 times.
Recounting her story Miss Xia, who works for the New York Asian Women’s Center, which advises victims of abuse and violence, said that she and a friend got into the taxi over the weekend after working at a fundraising event.
They dropped the friend off at 2am and the driver offered to take her to her home in Jersey City for $40, so she agreed and he turned off the meter.
But Miss Xia became anxious when the driver began to ask her personal questions and turned around in his seat and told her she looked pretty.
Key detail: This is the map which Yinan Xia shared to show the difference between what she said was her intended destination – Jersey City, NJ – and where she left the cab- right beside Newark Liberty Airport
Posting: This is the beginning of the post which has been shared thousands of times. The full post is reproduced below
Working: Yinan Xia says she was working at a ‘tasting event’ before the ordeal, and initially did not mention that she had been drinking. She later said she had two cocktails and was not impaired; her usual limit is eight or nine she wrote
She wrote: ‘When we passed through the tunnel, his car began to speed up in a westward direction (I lived right by the water south of the tunnel).
‘I asked him numerous times to make a left and head south, he insisted he knew where we were going.
‘I watched in terror as my GPS showed our location from one highway to another highway with hardly any cars on the road and further away from my intended destination.
‘I called my friend who I just dropped off earlier about what was happening, and proceeded to take screen captures documenting my route after failed attempts to stop the car or change directions’.
Miss Xia said that the driver began to shout at her and told her she didn’t know where she was going and that she should ‘just shut up’.
She wrote: ‘My instincts told me that I needed to regain control of my own environment.
‘The longer I stayed submissive and in the car, the more dangerous and further away I will be from help. I needed to be brave, just like how brave our survivors were to leave their abusers’.
Miss Xia wrote that she opened the door of the moving taxi as it reached a toll booth at the EZ toll pass on I-78.
She wrote that the driver slowed down she jumped out and ran to a female toll booth employee who kept her away from the taxi driver, who was ordering her to get back inside and claiming that she was trying to evade the fare.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265214/New-York-taxi-driver-tried-abduct-feared-trafficked-sex-jumped-car-Woman-s-dramatic-claims-kidnap-2am-journey-home-sparks-internet-debate.html#ixzz3oBrjRflG
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