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What's Crushing So Many Cab Drivers: Not Uber or Lyft

Some say it's the new predatory loan crisis

(Newser) - For many New York City cabbies, the dream is to buy a medallion—a city permit that lets them own a yellow cab. But a cottage industry of sketchy loans and artificially high medallion prices ruined that dream for a generation of drivers, the New York Times reports. "I... More »

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 »

Guilty Plea of 'Taxi King' Could Be Bad News for Cohen

Evgeny Freidman agrees to cooperate with investigators

(Newser) - The "Taxi King of New York" has made a plea deal that could be bad news for Michael Cohen. Evgeny Freidman, the longtime business partner of President Trump's lawyer, entered a guilty plea in a state tax fraud case Tuesday after making a deal to cooperate with investigators,... 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 »

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 »

Think Rideshares Minimize Racism? Study: Think Again

It's not just taxi drivers who pick up fewer African-Americans

(Newser) - Research has suggested that Uber and the like are helping to alleviate some of the discrimination that runs rampant among taxi drivers—but a new study involving roughly 1,500 trips in Seattle and Boston may be casting some rain on that parade. Published by the National Bureau of Economic... More »

New Sex Harassment Rules Defined for Cabbies

New York City aims to clarify do's and don'ts

(Newser) - New York City officials are updating harassment rules to spell out exactly what taxi and hire car drivers can't do—like make sexual suggestions, touch, be touched by, or ejaculate on passengers, the Independent reports. The goal is to clarify fairly broad rules so drivers and passengers know the... More »

Guy's 300-Mile Cab Ride to See Fiancee Doesn't End Well

It might've been sweet if he had the $749 fare

(Newser) - Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But... 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, Lyft Are Great for Consumers? Dream On

Catherine Rampell: Don't expect this ride-sharing competition to continue long term

(Newser) - The taxi business, of course, hates ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft that are popping up everywhere, but they can only be good news for consumers, right? At the Washington Post , Catherine Rampell pokes a few holes in that line of thinking. Yes, the current abundance of options likely... More »

Cabbies Clog Europe Streets to Protest Ride-Sharing Uber

Silicon Valley startup is expanding to more countries

(Newser) - Today was a lousy one to be a tourist in Europe. Taxi cab drivers in Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, Milan, and elsewhere clogged the streets in front of major attractions to protest what they see as unfair competition from the US ride-sharing service Uber, reports Bloomberg . Uber users can summon... More »

How a NYC Cabbie Evaded $28K in Tolls

Police say he was a skilled tailgater

(Newser) - How would a cabbie manage to cross the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York City more than 3,000 times without paying a dime in tolls? Pretty easily, it turns out. Police say Rodolfo Sanchez figured out that if he tailgated the law-abiding, toll-paying car ahead of him closely... More »

Vegas Taxis Bilked Passengers Out of $15M

Tourists routinely taken on the scenic route, audit finds

(Newser) - Visitors to Vegas might expect the odds to be stacked against them in casinos, but a Clark County audit shows that taxis are also taking them for more of a ride than they bargained for. Cabbies bilked their passengers out of an extra $14.8 million last year by engaging... More »

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