taxi

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

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 »

Woman Arrested After Racking Up $980 Cab Bill

She went from JFK to Boston, but then couldn't pay

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman was arrested this week after racking up a taxi fare so high she couldn't afford to pay it. Denise Rebelato, 31, hailed a cab at New York's JFK Airport and got a ride all the way to the Boston area. After the four-hour trip, she... 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 »

Cabbie Returns Passenger's $222K

Vegas gambler pays him $2,000

(Newser) - Say you find $222,000 in your cab. What do you do? You get it back to the passenger who left it, right? That's what cabbie Adam Woldemariam did when he found a laptop case stuffed with the cash in his taxi last month. Woldemariam, 42, described as a... More »

Scantily-Clad Women Protest Hooker Taxi Law

Cab drivers who carry prostitutes could lose licenses, have to pay $10k fine

(Newser) - Can you tell who's a hooker at a glance? The lovely ladies protesting outside New York City Hall yesterday don't think you can. About a dozen bartenders and shot girls donned their sexiest evening wear to protest a new proposal that would impose stiff penalties on New York... More »

Man Refuses to Pay for $12 Cab While Carrying $5K

Paging Mr. Scrooge

(Newser) - A New York man who refused to pay a $12 taxi fare apparently could have afforded the bill: He was carrying more than $5,000 at the time, say Syracuse police. Making the story even better, the cabbie was driving him around on a quest for ... cheap cigarettes. The 68-year-old... More »

London Cabbies Sitting Out Olympics

Some 40% of drivers to strike over city rules

(Newser) - London is planning travel restrictions for some 109 miles of its streets during the Olympics; a third of that distance will be reserved for athletes, members of the press, and officials. London cabbies aren't happy about it: Some 40% of the city's 23,200 black-cab drivers plan to... More »

NYC Taxi Medallions Sell for Whopping $1M Each

They were purchased for $80K each

(Newser) - If you’re looking for a good return on your investment, consider New York City taxicabs. Two taxi medallions, which you need in order to operate a cab, were sold yesterday for the record-breaking amount of $1 million each. Considering the first batch of medallions went for $10 ($157.50... More »

Cash Cab Taxi Kills Man

Canadian, 61, hit as car is being returned after filming

(Newser) - The fake taxi used by the Canadian version of the reality TV show Cash Cab killed a 61-year-old man as a producer was returning the vehicle to a storage lot after filming, reports the Vancouver Sun . There were no witnesses, but the "taxi" is now being held by Vancouver... More »

Reporters Arrested for Taping Open Meeting on Taxis

One nabbed on disorderly conduct, the other for filming the arrest

(Newser) - Two journalists were arrested this week in Washington, apparently for recording a public meeting—on city taxis. Pete Tucker, who reports taxi industry news, landed charges for disorderly conduct, unlawful entering, and refusing to stash his camera when asked. Then Reason TV journalist Jim Epstein was arrested after taking video... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB