Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

When Uber and Lyft opened for business in Houston, the same thing happened that has happened in many cities with existing livery industries: taxi companies freaked out and sought help from the city government. Now both ride-sharing services are open for business in the city, with some additional rules in place that are intended to help traditional taxi companies compete with them. [More]

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Taxi Drivers Muck Up Traffic In European Streets To Protest Uber

Traditional taxi cab drivers in Europe have apparently found a natural enemy in Uber, the seem to have found a natural enemy in Uber, the on-demand car service connected to a smartphone app. In protest against their rivals, hundreds of taxi drivers clogged up traffic in the streets of London, Paris, Berlin and more. [More]

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Uber Driver With Battery Conviction Charged With Punching Passenger

Ride-sharing service Uber is already drawing fire from established taxi and livery services who allege that its drivers are not held to the same standards as professional drivers. So it’s not great news that one of its drivers has not only been arrested for allegedly punching a passenger, but that he has a criminal history that does not bode well for one in this line of work. [More]

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Chicago Taxi Driver Charges Passenger $800 For Two-Mile Ride

Here’s an important lesson in why you should never let your credit card leave your hand when paying for a cab ride: A 20-year-old college student’s parents realized their daughter had been charged almost $800 for a two-mile cab ride in Chicago, unbeknownst to her, all because the driver claimed his machine wasn’t working. [More]

Louisiana, Where Killing A Cab Driver “May” Be Considered Murder

Louisiana, Where Killing A Cab Driver “May” Be Considered Murder

Usually when you see signs reminding people of penalties for crimes, it’s because a particular offense carries with it a harsher-than-usual penalty — “Fines Doubled In Work Zone,” “Assaulting a Transit Employee is a Felony,” “Failure to Follow Cabin Crew’s Instructions May Result in Arrest”… that kind of thing. But the wording on one sign in Louisiana makes us wonder how little the folks of that state value taxi drivers. [More]

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Don’t Take A $1,000 Cab Ride From NYC To Boston If You Don’t Have The Money

There are many ways to travel from New York City to Boston. There are inexpensive buses and even trains. In theory, you can even take a taxi from the airport right to your front door, but that’s an expensive option. When you insist that you totally have the money in your house back in Boston, but don’t, you’re going to get in some trouble. [More]

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It might take a bit of finagling and figuring out how to equip half of New York City’s 13,006 yellow cabs with wheelchair-friendly access (in addition to the 231 that already have it), but it’s gonna happen: Officials there announced a legal settlement that says at least half of the city’s cabs must be wheelchair-accessible by 2020. [via the Associated Press]

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California Becomes The First State To Give The Okay To Ride-Sharing Regulations

California has become the first state in the nation to give an official thumbs up to ride-sharing companies, via a decision to let those businesses continue to put passengers in drivers’ cars if the companies comply with a set of regulations. This is not welcome news in the traditional taxi industry, which has been fighting the upward momentum of companies like Uber Technologies and Lyft. [More]

Ride-Share Service Accuses NYC Of Cooking Up Sting Operation To Discourage Legal Activity

Ride-Share Service Accuses NYC Of Cooking Up Sting Operation To Discourage Legal Activity

In New York City, only licensed yellow cabs are allowed to make curbside pick-ups, though countless no-name cabs and rogue car service drivers regularly take the risk of being fined just to score a fare. But the folks at a ride-sharing service claim that NYC’s Taxi & Limousine Commission are unfairly attacking users of the service, which the company believes is perfectly legal. [More]

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NYC Judge Gives Green Light To Taxi Riders Using Apps To Hail Cabs

Times used to be, the person who could stick a couple fingers in her mouth and whistle down a yellow cab on the streets of New York City was envied by the silent, cabless masses. But now that a judge has smacked down a lawsuit against a new “e-hail” program in the city, anyone with a smartphone will be able to hail a cab with nary a sound. [More]

Trying To Pay Your Cab Fare With Marijuana Will Probably Not Go Over Well

Trying To Pay Your Cab Fare With Marijuana Will Probably Not Go Over Well

Many people who have taken taxis regularly enough have had to face that dreaded moment when you realize you don’t have enough cash — or you lost your wallet — and you won’t be able to pay the fare. There are ways to handle this, but offering the driver marijuana as barter is probably not the best idea. [More]

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Do You Still Tip Your Cab Driver When He Gets Lost?

If your waiter accidentally brings you someone else’s food, you’re probably still going to tip him, provided that he takes it back and eventually gives you the correct dish. But when your cabbie gets lost, that meter can keep running while he tries to correct his course. So does he get a tip? [More]

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Forget The Whistle: NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission Changes Rules For Cab-Hailing Apps

You can use an app to order a pizza, another to refill your prescriptions and there’s probably one out there that will just tell you you’re pretty, so why not an app to hail a cab? In New York City, the issue of taxi-hailing apps has been a hot issue, as the apps go against rules that forbid cabs from making pre-arranged pick-ups. That’s all about to change, as the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to approve a temporary new set of rules that will allow such apps. [More]

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With Planes And Trains Out Of Service, Dr. Pays $750 For Cab Ride From Philly To Boston

We’ve heard a number of stories in recent days of people whose flights or train trips between various cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic were canceled or delayed for days as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Many of them stuck it out, while others rented cars to get to their destinations. But one UK doctor chose to hail a cab to make the 300+ mile trip from Philadelphia to Boston. [More]

Cab-Hailing Apps May Give NYC Users Unfair, Illegal Advantage

Cab-Hailing Apps May Give NYC Users Unfair, Illegal Advantage

Anyone who has ever stood on a cold New York City street corner without a cab in sight has wished for some magic way to summon up a taxi with the push of a button. But now that a new smartphone app promises to make this dream a possibility, the Big Apple may also need to re-visit some of its strict pick-up policies. [More]

Cab Company Balks At Cleaning Up After Driver Caught Pooping On Sidewalk

Cab Company Balks At Cleaning Up After Driver Caught Pooping On Sidewalk

You may already have heard about the icky cab driver here in Philadelphia who was caught on camera using a street corner as his personal pooping ground. What you may not know is that — even though the man and his cab company have been identified — no one has come out to actually do much about removing all the offending fecal matter. [More]

NYC Taxis To Finally Clear Up The Whole On/Off Duty Thing

For years, people trying to hail a cab in New York City have been confused by trying to decode the many permutations of taxis’ “Off Duty” lights. If those words are illuminated, the cab may still be available, but only if the medallion number light is also on — and if you happen to be heading in the direction the cab is driving. It’s confusing enough to NYC residents, and downright confounding to most visitors. But that’s all about to be cleared up. [More]

Minneapolis Looking To Stop Cabbies From Using Cell Phones

Minneapolis Looking To Stop Cabbies From Using Cell Phones

Most of us who’ve lived in major city for long enough have had those experiences of sitting in the backseat of a cab, irritated and possibly concerned by the driver’s incessant yammering on his/her phone. Wouldn’t it be nice if such distracting chit-chat was illegal? [More]