Thousands of DR taxi drivers in New York under threat
There are thousands of Dominican taxi drivers in New York City who could be affected by the approval of a new regulation by the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City (TLC) that would ban drivers from working more than 12 hours a day or more than 72 hours a week, as reported in El Nacional.
The proposed limits on the number of daily and weekly hours a cab driver can operate in NYC is an attempt to reduce traffic accidents. In November 2015, a taxi driver struck and killed a woman who was crossing the street. The taxi driver admitted that he had been on the road for 16 straight hours.
With the new regulation, taxi drivers will have to wait eight hours as a minimum before beginning a new shift. Taxi drivers who violate this regulation will be fined US$75 for the first citation. Subsequent violations of the rule would carry heftier fines and the driver could have his or her taxi license suspended for 15 days.
In the Big Apple there are more than 140,000 taxi drivers who work more than 12 hours a day. At the present time there are 13,437 yellow cabs, which are driven by persons of different nationalities and they carry more than 600,000 people each day. Taxis known as “Gypsies” or as the livery cabs number some 25,000 and they are registered in more than 500 bases around the five boroughs. Thousands of these drivers are Dominicans. These taxis are estimated to carry 500,000 passengers each day. As reported, New York City also has green taxis that now number 18,008 and do regular work in all of the boroughs except Manhattan where they have limited service up to 96th St. On the East Side and 110 Street On the West Side.
July 21, 2016
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