LA City Council considers penalties for taxi drivers guilty of discrimination

– A Los Angeles City Council committee approved “zero tolerance” penalties Tuesday that would result in the immediate revocation of a taxi driver’s permit to operate at Los Angeles International Airport if he or she were found to have refused rides due to race or other discriminatory reasons.

The tougher rules, which will next be considered by the full City Council, were prompted by a complaint in September by former Major League Baseball player Doug Glanville, who said he was refused a ride by a taxi driver at LAX because he is black.

Currently, permit revocation occurs after the third offense, while the new rules call for immediate revocation of a “driver’s permit to provide taxicab service” if he or she refuses service based on “prejudice against a specific race, nationality, religion, age, disability, sex or gender identity,” according to a report by Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

Under the proposed new penalties, informal warnings would be eliminated under the new rules.

Refusals of service for other reasons would result in no less than six days suspension from the airport, while discourteous actions could lead to suspensions lasting no less than four days, under the proposed rules.

The revisions to the airport’s penalties for taxi drivers are similar to rules adopted by the Department of Transportation, which issues citywide permits for taxi drivers, according to airport officials.

The stricter penalties received the backing today of the Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee, which is chaired by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

Blumenfield, who had introduced a motion to look into discrimination by taxi drivers, said today the incident described by Glanville “made my stomach turn.”

City officials do not appear to agree on whether the taxi driver’s actions against Glanville were motivated by race.

The driver who refused Glanville’s ride was initially hit with a one-year revocation of his permit, but this evocation was downgraded to two weeks after the driver appealed to the Department of Transportation saying that he
refused service not because of Glanville’s race, but because the trip was too short and would have result in lower fares.

The revised penalties approved by the committee would replace existing enforcement rules included in an agreement with Authorized Taxicab Supervision, Inc., an outside company that manages taxi dispatch and taxi stands for LAX.

The Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee also requested that airport officials consider similar rules that would apply to the taxi companies themselves — not just the drivers — and for ride-hailing companies.

Airport officials told the panel today they found gaps in their enforcement process while investigating Glanville’s complaint. They also said all taxi drivers at the airport have been instructed to undergo diversity training.

Airport police also conducted an undercover operation in November with two black officers hailing trips from taxi drivers. Out of 25 requests made, they were refused five times, airport officials told the committee.

A couple of the refusals may have been because the trips were too short, but there were some cases in which taxi drivers refused giving rides before knowing the destination, airport officials said.

Blumenfield said he was “shocked” by the refusals, which he said pointed to a problem of racial discrimination among taxi drivers at LAX. Blumenfield spokesman Jason Levin told City News Service he was not sure
if any sting operations using control groups such as white undercover officers had also been done as a comparison.

Additional undercover operations have been conducted since the initial one in November, according to airport officials.

Source : http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/77732820-story

 

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Should a taxi driver carry a gun?

Do you think a taxi Driver should carry a loaded gun while he/she are on their shift?

Someone pulls a gun on you at 2:30 a.m. in some dark lighted street or alley and you say,
I will shoot him I have a gun. I have a (CWP) Concealed Weapons Permit. Can you use it? Can you kill a person over $50.00?
Well there are two sides to every story, right?
What if, just if, the person you just shot and killed did not have a gun or weapon on them. You were shaking, scared, sweating and they were faking it, is that murder? What if they did not have a gun, and took yours away and shot you, what if, tough guy.

People that are real bad people, you might not want to mess with, and unless you go to the rifle range and unless you have had a lot training and work out every day, and you can hit, fight, be at the top of your game don’t carry a weapon. The person that wants your money, wants cash to buy a fix, some crack, to pay some bills, cookies and milk what does it matter, just give them cash and, and hopefully they are gone out of your life. Look just carry the fake wallet with $ 25.00 bucks of ones in it get it? Your life is worth more than pride here. Just keep a fake wallet and $25 ones in it and give it to them, and you want to cut the bottom out 3/4 the way so you can see money in either up or upside down position save your life and save your money.

Live till the sun comes up if you are lucky.

I had a very bad problem for myself, well one of dozens, however I was packing late one night when this hack packed and if wasn’t for the grace of god and my good luck and my heavy street wise street smarts bull crap I do, It would have gotten dirty fast!

It was about 2:15 A.M. It was busy, we were hustling and the radio was chanting away softly, the sidewalks were hustling with people, I smelled money! I saw in a second the pimps. there cars stashed on the dark side street, the hookers and the drunks they were looking for. I saw the trash man and the store owners closing up shop for the night, as street cleaner roared by doing there water thing while listening to music

I always keep the radio low for my ears only, always alert for my car numbers. Out of the corner of my eyes at a glance I saw a shadow sort of a person, way deep down I knew better, but I live for this rush. I pulled over the guy jumped in back r/s, right side, late night, no one gets behind me nor the front, I need distant between me and my fares.

Well we had only gone about one or two blocks and there I was , I can feel it, I can smell, I just know that I had screwed up big time look out here it comes. The hair on the back of my neck started to raise up, I dropped my left hand down to the side pocket on my Ford Crown Victoria 5 year old ex-police car bought at auction.
I knew that I only had maybe a block left before all hell would brake loose, and it did! Very slowly I laid my AE~ 50 cal Desert Storm on my lap, just then the guy says to me, hey pull over by that corner store, I need some smokes, I eased the car over to the right, no one on this street, store was closed here it comes, I held the steering wheel with my right hand on my weapon grip, she was ready to go, so was I. Just then as he lays the barrel of a 38 on the center top back of passenger seat and turns it towards me pointing it at my head, in that second I knew he did not know weapons, I slowly eased my barrel up and talking to him telling him that I only had a little money in my wallet but I will give you that, right then he saw my gun barrel slide over the center seat as I acted like hey, here is my wallet, take my money, he was wrong and yes it is big and large, but look around you there are big weapons on the street do you think a 22 or 38 is going to kill you, yes perhaps a 50/50 chance, but if I put a cap in you with my EA Desert Storm 50 cal. you do have a problem and I won’t and no tampax made will plug your new hole.

Well anyway he tells me, hey look man I don’t want any problems, I just needed a smoke, a few bucks. I say to him as I looked straight into his eyes, This is great, let’s have a smoke together, look I have this problem here, you don’t have any smokes and I can’t get to mine, let’s do this, you drop your wannabe gun over the seat, just drop it. I will relax a little and I will give you a couple smokes to go or you can stay where you are at and die in the back seat. He did the right thing that night.

It was my Friday that night, I haven’t smoked in 8 years True story~

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I also want to say that you will have a gun on you when the police come, I don’t pull a weapon on people that think there tough or threaten, and I have other ways. Sometimes I would say, hey look: here the deal, I will give you my wallet, and money, but I know Jim, or any name and he is not going to like this, make sure you want to this, or leave and I won’t tell him. Two have walked away from my cab. There is a street code!

Did you realize that as fares get in your cab at the airport know, if you’re a nice person or not, so do the bad guys. I believe that cab drivers sometimes just piss people off with their bad attitudes. Sometimes thinking out loud that you are a better person than a drunk will get you in trouble. When you first sense a problem with any one stop it right there. Stop the car at the first light, right away, don’t let it keep going ask them to get out of your car say I am calling you another cab they are only a few blocks from here, please leave. If that don’t work get out of the car take your keys with you walk in front of your car slowly, like you’re thinking go to back of the car and open the back door, tell them to get out of the car, if they do not get out fast, jerk the drunk out of the car fast, slam the door; ( telling him before; during and after to calm them; why you are doing this, tell them the other cab is just 1 minute away, leave! Never turn your back on then, back up slowly get in your car and drive away.
And you have a good night tonight, you hear
Sparky

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San Francisco’s Yellow Cab files for bankruptcy

SAN FRANCSICO (CNNMoney) —The largest taxi company in San Francisco has filed for bankruptcy. Yellow Cab Cooperative, which is made up of 300 owners and operators with more than 500 cabs, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday.

It’s been a rough few years for traditional taxi companies, as they’ve struggled to keep with ride-hailing startups Uber and Lyft. Yellow Cab appears to be dealing with even more pressing financial issues. In the court filings, Yellow Cab said it is handling around 150 ongoing liability claims stemming from taxi accidents.

The company was found liable for $8 million last June after a Yellow Cab crashed and left a passenger partially paralyzed.

Yellow Cab argued that the driver was entirely responsible for the crash because he was an independent contractor. The argument echoed Uber and Lyft’s own approaches to drivers, though it’s unclear if similar lawsuits would have the same impact on the ride-hailing companies.

A year ago, Yellow Cab of Chicago also filed for bankruptcy because of a crash-related lawsuit. The company was found liable for $26 million after a passenger suffered brain damage in a crash.

San Francisco’s Yellow Cab collective is not stopping service. You’ll still be able to spot, and maybe hail, a Yellow Cab in San Francisco. It says business is still strong and that it averages 15,000 fares a day in the city. The chapter 11 filing will allow it to restructure its debts, it said in a statement.

As ride-hailing startups have gained traction, traditional cabs have tried to imitate their technology. They’ve turned to companies like Flywheel, a ride-hailing app just for taxis that came out three years ago. One of the San Francisco’s oldest cab companies, DeSoto Cabs, rebranded its entire fleet of cars as Flywheel Taxis last year.

Yellow Cab recently released its own ride-hailing app called Yo Taxi.

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Taxi Cabs – Tips and Pointers!

Taxi cabs are a popular resource of many people who need rides but do not want to hassle with rental cars or owning their own car. People from business men and women who are doing business out-of-town to people who are simply wanting a convenient way to get across town use taxi cabs. Many over pay or take their lives in their own hands simply because they do not know the safest way to take advantage of this means of travel. Here are a few guidelines which may end up protecting your finances as well as your health.

Use taxi cab companies that are reputable

Many taxi cabs are known for presenting spontaneous deal which have nothing to do with what is on the meter. Keep in mind that the meter is your friend and anything off meter is a scam. If your cabbie offers to give you a cash discount you know that he has something up his sleeve.

If the cabbie shows up with the meter running you know he is squeezing you for extra money. This is a common practice but you can simply demand that he start the meter over and only pay for the time and distance of your commute. Otherwise, he could have started the meter two hours before he picked you up, and is now charging you for his time and travel that you did not use.

Your taxi cab should be clean and well-maintained

If you cab can barely get to you or is filthy in any way, do not accept the ride and refuse to pay any fare demanded. You have the right to a clean and comfortable ride given that you are paying several dollars per mile potentially. You will probably receive blow back from the cabbie over the condition of the cab, but do not negotiate on it at all. If you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and have to rely on a relay cab then all of your fares should be waived and your ride should be free of charge.

Your taxi cab company should cover your assets

Rest assured that if your taxi cab is involved in an accident while you are riding in it, you are covered. Cab companies are required by law to buy and keep up insurance which protects customers and their possessions.

If you are injured in a car accident while you are getting a ride, do not settle for a year, just to make sure all of your claims are seriously considered and you are not short-changed in your recovery.

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Taxi Cabs Service and its Benefits

In many instances taxi cab service is beneficial not only to the commuters but in general public. If your meeting venue is in the downtown and there’s no available parking space for your car or if you are taking a plane and doesn’t like to leave your car in the airport or when the weather is not good and driving maybe too dangerous a taxi service is all you need.

Taxis provide 24 hours reliable, clean and fast service. Its drivers are professional and highly trained individual. They operate according to standards and strict codes of conduct regulated by the Transport Department of the state. Taxis must undergo a rigid registration process and only those who pass the requirements can operate. It is required that the vehicle should be latest model, properly insured and should undergo maintenance every six months.

Taxi cab drivers should have license issued by the state/country and need to be cleared after series of criminal investigation and background checks. Any driver who finds to have bad behavior or criminal background are not allow to have license.

Taxi colors represent its company. Although there are drivers who drive their own taxi cab but mostly taxis were rented by drivers from a taxi company. Each of this company was identifies through the color of their taxi cab for example yellow cab.

If you are in a group of four, riding a taxi is economical. Fares are counted by a meter and if you are in a group, you can divide the amount and pay less.

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Tipping a Taxi Cab Driver

Just like other social worker, a taxi cab driver tip depends on the city where it is serving and the distance he drove you. However the usual tip that a cabbie gets is 15% of the overall fare.  So if the bill is $20, give $3 but if it is $10 give at least $1. If the cabbie assists you with your baggage don’t hesitate to add $1 or $2 more.

Here are some tips to find out how much tip your taxi cab driver deserves:

  1. When you arrive to your destination the driver will tell you your bill after hearing the amount estimate quickly and consider giving tip of at least 10-15% of the fare.
  2. Prepare the money and give to the driver when you about to get out from the taxi.
  3. If the driver gives you a great ride or help carry your bag consider adding tip to 20%
  4. Some cab has credit card that suggest default tip up to three options, like for example in New York, cab offer three tip level 20%, 25%, 30%. You may choose to what level you would like to give or you may give your own preference.
  5. Give an even bill and tell the cab driver “keep the change”. If your bill is $4 give $5 and if its $7, $8 or $9 give $10

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Sparky Waid – Taxi Driver

By Ken Fujimoto / 21 Mar 2014

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Sparky Waid is our modern day hero in Seattle and probably across the United States of America. I hope you folks like it and share some of his stories with your friends. I would really like to hear your experiences too. I’ve met Sparky and he’s good man, a gentleman, street smart, and brings America hope when we know that Seattle has a dark side that we tend to ignore and not discuss at the dinner table. He knows excatly what’s going on, he sees the truth about people. Whether you listen to a politician, a cop, news reporter, a criminal, a rich man or poor man -you get more facts and zeitgeist about the current world from a taxi driver than all the TV, movies, pundits, and radio stations.
“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. “
If you are a taxi driver during the night, you know who doesn’t belong on the streets when you’re working, you must know how to look at a person and tell if they are dangerous. When to walk away and not pick them up. Whether you are off duty or not, you should let your friends know why they should not pick them up. There are lots of reasons. Some times people don’t want to pay Sparky, knowing that they won’t call the police, leave the meter running till a report is filled out and then they get a ticket for defrauding a cab driver, and let them walk in the rain. Word spreads fast in the street, there are more taxi drivers out here than the bad guys, and they know some real bad guys. Thank god there aren’t too many problems, and they don’t like to be reminded, but they are always alert to the dangers of passion: hate, love, and the rush that they thrive on.

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Sparky WaidAs Sparky recalled, “It was almost 5:00 a.m. when I was down by the marina, I had just dropped off a fisherman, there was light rain, a wet an dreary night and I was leaving the parking lot when I saw the three of them. I pulled over to the curb, and asked are you ok, she could only shake her head, “no”. I got out, opened the back door, she let her two kids in and she buckled them up, I opened the front door. She got in the front seat, I pulled her seat belt out for her as she snapped it into place, I got into the driver’s seat and rolled ahead a few blocks, so I didn’t get into the bad family situation where I picked her up at. Just a minute I said as I pushed the trunk button, I need to get a book out of my trunk. When I returned I had my bible and three teddy bears, it seams like I need more and more teddy bears in these last few these days.”
teddy-bear“I asked her to please give the kids a bear and for her to keep one for her self, as I looked the number up I needed. I again ask her how can I help you? Do you want me to call the police? “No”, she said and I made the call, and moved up the street. I told her where I was going to take her, only less than five minutes ahead and at that point a woman, would take care of her and they would call the police if she needed to file any complaints, however she and the kids would be fed, and have a warm safe house to sleep in tonight. As I pulled up people were already waiting outside for her and the two children, there was no luggage, there seldom is, just what they’re wearing. As I stopped and opened the doors for them, the two kids jumped out and both together said, thank you taxi man for the bears, I said you are welcome, as the mom got out, with tears in her eyes, she could only give me a big hug, and a brief smile, as she and her bear got out of my cab and into the arms of waiting for love and help.”
“I pulled away, smiled, and someone else flagged me down, amazing how life goes on and on. I must remember to go by tomorrow and pick up some more bears for my bear bag I keep in the trunk with my phone address book of people I need to call for help, the bible; every driver has one or should. There is more to life than a 911 call or getting hung up with the police. In my world I feel that most of the drivers are real people and have compassion for people like you. And for any other drivers, you have done the same thing, many times, a phone call, a free ride, five bucks, helping people, we just never talk about it, its our thing to do, to help street people, all people.”

Police Cars and Taxi Cabs Live Auctions Online

By Sparky

I was thinking do all the taxi cabs come from police cars that got turned in Because they had a lot of miles on them and they were unsafe? How do taxi cab companies get them? I mean you just can’t go to the police station and say Give me 2 of them, how much are they? Well the truth is we use to do it that way almost.

If you wanted to buy a police car, it was advertised in the local paper. You could drop buy and summit your bid. The Highest bid a person turned in got he car. Than the public thought that people were getting them to cheap, So they turned it over to a licensed auction house. And they still sold cheap. But when police cars all got put at one location and only taxi company’s were biding on them, They just sold them at all and any cost.

I have bought a lot of police cars over the years, dodges, Chevrolet caprices, ford crown victories. Paint them; letter them; top signs, do the magic we do on the inside; meter; radio .Then things changed, it is like a 33 1/3 % split. Taxi cabs old sBy Sparky Police Cars Auctions and taxi Cabs Live auctions on line I was thinking do all the taxi cabs come from police cars that got turned in Because they had a lot of miles on them and they were unsafe? How do taxi cab companies get them? I mean you just can’t go to the police station and say Give me 2 of them, how much are they? Well the truth is we use to do it that way almost. If you wanted to buy a police car, it was advertised in the local paper. You could drop buy and summit your bid. The Highest bid a person turned in got he car. Than the public thought that people were getting them to cheap, So they turned it over to a licensed auction house. And they still sold cheap. But when police cars all got put at one location and only taxi company’s were biding on them, They just sold them at all and any cost. I have bought a lot of police cars over the years, dodges, Chevrolet caprices, ford crown victories. Paint them; letter them; top signs, do the magic we do on the inside; meter; radio .Then things changed, it is like a 33 1/3 % split.

Taxi cabs old school, taxi cabs new and if you want to admit it or not Town cars black tops – for hire Taxicab company’s use new cars and electric cars in the most part. For hire use the same and town cars and limos. The newer ones have a big screen on star information and g p s, Just push and go all day /night long on board log. Taxi company’s still purchase there older cars from auction’s, mostly in small towns only as large city’s have an image to uphold for tourist when they land at the airport. Most cities say nothing older than five years old. You can find them on the web and newspapers It seems like farm newspapers are the source of auction advertising. On line Police auctions on line will give you a ton of information.

The locations of auctions date of sales and time. And state websites are online now also all you have to do is search police auctions on line.chool, taxi cabs new and if you want to admit it or not Town cars black tops – for hire Taxicab company’s use new cars and electric cars in the most part. For hire use the same and town cars and limos. The newer ones have a big screen on star information and g p s, Just push and go all day /night long on board log. Taxi company’s still purchase there older cars from auction’s, mostly in small towns only as large city’s have an image to uphold for tourist when they land at the airport. Most cities say nothing older than five years old. You can find them on the web and newspapers It seems like farm newspapers are the source of auction advertising. On line Police auctions on line will give you a ton of information. The locations of auctions date of sales and time. And state websites are online now also all you have to do is search police auctions on line.

How to Stop Cab Company Thefts Fast!

Do people steal from their boss!

 

Yes! Very much Yes! Why?

 

Well money is money and when you pay your employees year after year a minimum wage plus tips, what do you expect from them.

 

We work for you, we drive your car, we wash your car, we put fuel in your car, we turn in a paper to say where we pick people up at, and we give you all the money. We have to pay tax on the money we do make. We have no tax write offs for anything at work, you do. Some tines you even want are tips on long runs. Now I ask you do we as a driver steal from you.

We pick up fares day and night and every year at Christmas and new year’s all we hear from you is can you come in early tonight we are going to be so busy there are so many Christmas party’s? We are going to make so much money tips will be real good tonight.

When are you going to say to us, hey you made me a lot of money this past year, I thank you and tip us. There are so many New Year eve, parties. We all say sure be right in, when in the hell are we going to our party

You expect so much from us, keeping their car clean inside and outside washed and clean themselves, nice clothes clean paper work and fuel the car before they turn in. Let’s See, I guess that’s it, wait you want more ok you want them to wear clean pants and a clean shirt, what no shorts or jeans or filthy pants and shirts. How can I drive if I and not relaxed

A driver said to me last week, I am depressed. Why I asked? He said I have been here over 4 years and today I get the same wage as when I started, Minimum wage plus tips.

How about a few things for us the drivers perhaps every 3 or 4 months you get a day group and a night group together and have a B Q at your shop or better a park. I am not talking steak and lobster I am talking a few dozen hot dogs and buns and a few dozen 6 packs of pop and chips for all drivers and ideas for your better cab company flows out for you!

Drivers love to have attention give it to them, and listen to them talk to you about your problems and how to fix then. But when one belittle there employees and down size there ways and means of providing for their life thief happens.

Well I have told you they steal; now you want to know how. I have no problems with that just so you know!

A couple of ways, and no I have never stolen from my boss but I see it.

Where to start, I had worked for a cab company and they had these credit cards that all drivers had and the car also had a card on the key chain so they had to match for each car. So that there was no way any one could steal from them as it went in that car. Well yes that is true in a perfect world but we don’t live in a perfect world now do we. The drivers had there card thief proof right, wrong as I am taken my cab into the gas pump a car sort of cut me off and parked on the other side of the pump from a company pickup, the driver of the pickup got out started pumping gas, stopped walked thus the pumps and started fueling the car with a lady and kids in it. Now you say what the hell’s wrong that scenario, well the company pickup belong to a friend of mine, I knew what the driver was going to do, It was only a month or two before I was over to this owners home and when he got back to his shop, he got fired . I know what you’re thinking, what a snitch yes I get it so when you have you taxi cabs fill up know how many gallons of gas they hold, Watch for 5 gals of full gas around the shop missing the next day over night or on the days you are not there, these are twenty $20.00 dollar bills laying around at today fuel prices. Know how much fuel each car holds and watch for high fuel difference between cars of the same makes. Even your shop mechanic can steal and most likely will. It becomes a more serious problem when it happens daily.

Watch for parts bought for cars you don’t have, demand that the auto store put the car # on their bill or plate number and verify that the parts match the car model. Look it is your car demand that all old parts be marked where it came from and saved. This will most likely help stop car auto parts theft. Watching for the average monthly cost of the shop will not help you know what car took what part, parts are very costly. Oil cost $15, 00 per gallon almost, watch it close, and Antifreeze cost is very costly make people accountable for your parts and you’re paying for it.

If you stock gas at your plant shop know where it goes have a gas notebook pad and have employees sign it in and out. Take time to read the book.

Cheers