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With 7 Suicides This Year in NYC, a 'Crisis' for Drivers

Taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers face mounting debt, longer hours, too much competition

(Newser) - This year, seven for-hire drivers have committed suicide in New York City. The most recent, Fausto Luna, was an Uber driver who jumped in front of a train at a Manhattan subway station Sept. 26, ABC 7 reports. The other six were yellow cab taxi drivers or drivers for livery... More »

Swiss Cops Bust Family in World's Worst Getaway

Austrians hijacked taxi, crashed into boat, hit hedge, plunged off ledge

(Newser) - Note to would-be taxi thieves with poor driving skills: Do not try this at home, or abroad. Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge, and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot. St.... More »

6th Driver Suicide in Months Shakes NYC Taxi Industry

'Something has to change'

(Newser) - After driving a taxi in New York City for 30 years, 59-year-old Abdul Saleh ended up hanging himself in his rented room after finding himself $300 short of his car lease payment. Saleh is the sixth taxi driver to kill himself in the city in recent months, CBS News reports,... More »

Taxi Drivers in the EU Took on Uber. They Just Won

Top EU court rules Uber is a taxi service, not a technology service

(Newser) - Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled it should be regulated like a taxi company, not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across many countries there. Uber, which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year... More »

Soon You Could Hail a Flying Uber

Ride-sharing company unveils futuristic flying taxis it wants to start testing by 2020

(Newser) - Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber's plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service unveiled Wednesday an impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020. The company aims to have its first paying... More »

More Bad News for Uber, This Time in Europe

Company is ditching Denmark after stricter new law governing taxis

(Newser) - Uber is ceasing operations in Denmark in April thanks to a new law that requires taxi services to follow stricter guidelines. New regulations include mandatory seat sensors and costly fare meters, reports Reuters . Additionally, a cap on the number of licenses doled out each year would make it impossible for... More »

Student Discovers Ride-Sharing With Gators Not Legal in Maine

Or keeping gators at all without a permit, as taxi passenger finds out

(Newser) - A cab driver transporting a college student in Maine discovered he had five other surprise passengers: a handful of baby alligators. Per CentralMaine.com , Frank Folsom says on Tuesday he picked up a 20-year-old IDed as Yifan Sun, a student from China who's studying at the University of Maine... More »

Burglars' Downfall: Not Paying the Getaway Driver

No surprise: stiffed taxi driver called police

(Newser) - Two alleged burglars essentially directed police to their apartment in New Jersey when they failed to pay their taxi driver, authorities say. Kenneth Burke, 46, and Timothy Foote, 38, took a taxi to a home in Deal on Friday, went inside, then emerged with a TV and liquor bottles, police... More »

Cops: Woman's Getaway Vehicle Doesn't Work Well

Floridian accused of robbing Arby's, grabbing a cab

(Newser) - An alleged robber in Gainesville, Florida, managed to successfully get away from an Arby's restaurant, only to be foiled in part by her choice of getaway vehicle: a taxi cab. The Gainesville Sun reports that 20-year-old Keshunte Taylor is in custody after police say she robbed the restaurant at... More »

Cabbie's Attempt to Report Drunken Fare Ends Poorly

Real estate agent stole taxi while cabby was talking to police about her unruly behavior

(Newser) - Sometimes it’s tough to know when to say when. But if you find yourself drunkenly vomiting out of the window of a stolen taxi in Manhattan, it's safe to say you've crossed that line. That was allegedly the case of Kinga Tabares. The New York Post reports... More »

Gal Who Bailed on Cab Fare Ordered to Take Long Walk

Victoria Bascom pleads guilty, accepts unusual punishment

(Newser) - Make the punishment fit the crime, right? An Ohio woman accepted that very notion when she agreed to walk 30 miles after stiffing a cabbie who took her on a 30-mile taxi ride, the New York Daily News reports. "What would you do if you didn't have a... More »

Arkansas Girl, 11, Takes $10K, Hails Cab to Florida

Police catch up with the taxi 500 miles away near Atlanta, and all ends well

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl in Arkansas managed to get about 500 miles from home in pretty easy fashion: She hailed a taxi and asked to go to Florida. Alexis Waller is back home safely now, reports KARK-TV . Authorities say she sneaked out of her home in Bryant in the middle of... More »

Portland Sues to Stop Uber

Drivers could face arrest, city says

(Newser) - Portland is playing hardball in an effort to stop Uber: The Oregon city has warned that Uber drivers have until 5pm Thursday to stop picking up riders or they could face arrest, heavy fines, and having their vehicles impounded, the Oregonian reports. Portland has filed a lawsuit seeking an order... More »

Amazon's New Delivery Tool: Taxis?

Company tested cabs as delivery vehicles in LA, San Francisco

(Newser) - Amazon is so determined to get your order to you quickly, it wants to use drones —but it's also considering a decidedly more old-fashioned delivery method: taxis. In San Francisco and LA, the company recently tested using cabs as delivery vehicles, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Amazon... More »

Uber Driver's Tweet Gets Him 'Fired'

The company called it 'hateful'

(Newser) - Be careful what you tweet. When Uber driver Christopher J. Ortiz wrote "Driving for Uber, not much safer than driving a taxi," in August, he wasn't expecting the statement to cause any problems with the San Francisco startup. The journalist drove for Uber in May and June... More »

DC Councilwoman: Taxi Kinda Kidnapped My Daughter

Bizarre tale as council reviews taxis that violate rule requiring card swiper

(Newser) - It's always annoying when a cab won't take your credit card, and it's even more annoying when that leads to them locking you in the cab and driving off. That's what allegedly happened to the daughter of DC council member Mary Cheh, the lawmaker said during... More »

A National First: California OKs Ride-Sharing

New regulations cement fast-growing services as legal

(Newser) - California has just become the first state to devise regulations for ride-sharing services, the fast-growing underground cab companies that have traditional taxis shaking in their boots. Services like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber Technologies let you pay for a ride from people who use their own cars to drive you around.... More »

New York's Oldest Taxi Driver Dies at 94

Johnnie 'Spider' Footman had been driving cabs about 70 years

(Newser) - Johnnie Footman has collected his last fare. Footman, the oldest cab driver in New York, died this week, age 94, reports the New York Times . "He was here Monday and he died Tuesday," says an owner of the 55 Stan cab depot in Queens where Footman worked. According... More »

Norwegian PM Goes Undercover as Taxi Driver

Jens Stoltenberg says it's the 'one place people really say what they think'

(Newser) - Norway's prime minister has come up with a novel new way to poll his constituents: going undercover as a taxi driver. For one day in June, Jens Stoltenberg dressed in an Oslo taxi driver uniform, got in a cab, and started picking up unsuspecting passengers. "It is important... More »

Smartphone Apps Will Soon Hail NYC Cabs

City taxi commission testing new service

(Newser) - Raising your arm and yelling "taxi!" is the old-fashioned way to nab a New York City cab. Soon, all you'll need is a smartphone app. New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission today approved a pilot program allowing riders to "e-hail" yellow cabs, starting Feb.... More »

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