New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    How Some Illegal Taxi Drivers Are Fighting Back Against the Green Cab Program

    It was a busy night, two days before Christmas, and the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant were packed with shoppers. So Emmanuel* was out later than usual. He had just picked up one last fare from his corner in Bed-Stuy, which was usually a safe zone, but moments later he was pulled over by a Ford Econo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Lyft's Terrifying Mustache Cars (Sans Mustache) Can Legally Drive in New York City Starting Tonight

    In news that will really bum out ride-sharing service Uber, other ride-sharing service Lyft can legally operate in New York City starting tonight at 7 p.m., the company announced on their blog. Lyft, which launched in 2012, operates in dozens of cities around the country already, where you can reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Reducing Taxi Fares When Drivers Speed, and 62 Other Proposals in the Vision Zero Report

    Within a three block radius of P.S. 75, the school where Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday delivered details for his plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in New York City, three pedestrians have been struck and killed by cars this year. No charges have been filed against the drivers (one was issued ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    De Blasio Announces Ambitious Vision Zero Plan. Is It Enough?

    Flanked by the parents of children killed by cars on the streets of New York, Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday an ambitious plan to eradicate traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City within ten years. There were 333 murders in New York last year, and an estimated 286 traffic deaths; de B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Will de Blasio Scrap the New Outer Borough Taxi Cab System?

    You're walking down the street, and you pass a cab. Nothing out of the ordinary, it seems, except instead of the traditional yellow the cab is painted a sickly neon green. You rub your eyes. Yup, still green. That's because you've just happened upon an Outer Borough Taxi, one of more than 1,000 alre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Cabs Will Have On & Off Lights Now So You Won't Have To Yell At Them

    It's happened to all of us (and, for whatever the reason, always when we're in a rush): standing in the middle of an avenue, hailing down a cab in the later hours of night and having numerous cabs fly by you, waving their hand in a gestural "Tough luck" sort of way. And, of course, the later realiza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg: Spotting Hookers Is Hard (And More On Young Women Dressed In A "Sporty Way")

    Pimpin', as you know, ain't easy -- and according to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, spotting a hooker is no walk in the park, either.On his weekly radio show this morning, Bloomberg voiced his concerns regarding a bill passed by the City Council that would create stiffer penalties for cab drivers who contrib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    15 Things You Didn't Know About Taxis

    City officials are considering raising taxi fares by 17 percent, which has made cabbies very happy. Today, the New York Post reports thatcabbies would be made even happier with more money: They want a $1 surcharge during rush hour, up from the current $.50 cost. If a compromise can be reached, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Assembly Member Micah Kellner: 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Is the 'Cathie Black' of Cabs (UPDATE)

    New York's Taxi of Tomorrow, said to be a big step up from the Crown Vic fleet circulating the city, might be so yesterday. That's because embattled mayoral candidate/ Comptroller John Liu, who has become very vocal on a variety of issues as his campaign progresses, will not ink the agreement unle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Vending Machines in NYC Taxis

    What will they think of next? TaxiTreats is a concept that recently won the New York Economic Development Corporation's Next Idea Competition. The idea: to have built-in vending machines in taxicabs. Founder Brian Shimmerlik, a NYU graduate student who developed the concept alongside fellow student ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

    It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green. The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Will Livery Drivers Pack Heat?

    Well, this certainly could complicate the cab ride home when you're drunk and obnoxious. Livery Base Owners, a trade group, has asked the city to let drivers take licensed guns with them to work, "to protect themselves from would-be robbers and violent passengers." The issue came up in discussions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    TLC Seeks Proposals For Taxi Payment App

    The days of having to carry around cash in order to take cabs are so long gone. Now, in addition to taxi's ubiquitous credit card machines, the Taxi & Limousine Commission is soliciting proposals for an app that will allow people to pay for their ride on their smartphone. It's just the next step in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    App Makes Complaining About the Cabbie Who Wouldn't Take You to Brooklyn Even Easier

    ​Complaining about taxi service is something of a New York City hobby, whether it's justified or not. But the systems through which you can complain (calling 311, or reporting a complaint online) can be cumbersome, especially when you're still in the cab. However! There's an app for that, avai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Cabbies Told to Stop Honking So $%#& Much

    Yesterday the Taxi and Limousine Commission issued forth a controversial missive to the city's 13,000 cabbies. "Drivers -- remember that honking is against the law except when warning of imminent danger!" it said, continuing, "be a good neighbor and save yourself a $350 summons -- honk ONLY in an e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2011

    Troops Out of Iraq; Woman Killed While Protecting Children; Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Dies

    ​Yesterday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing all of its forces from Iraq by the end of the year. The Washington Post reports there are about 39,000 troops in Iraq today, and all will come home except a small contingent of Marines who are assigned to protect the embas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    TLC Acknowledges That Tourists Are Hopeless at Hailing Cabs

    ​You know how one of the signs that separates the tourists from the locals is an inherent understanding of how to hail a cab? For example, in New York, you know that if the off duty light is on, the cab is off duty. And therefore, you do not hail it, although you will tell the guy where you're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    How to React When Someone Steals Your Cab

    ​Today the wise bloggers over at Daily Intel have attempted to answer a New York City etiquette question for the ages: What is a fair amount of space between the honorable person who is already there hailing a cab, and the jerkish-or-oblivious person (who, if going into labor or needing immedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    There Are Six Lexus Taxi Cabs in New York City, But They're Only For the Cool Kids

    ​New York City has just six Lexus taxis. That's out of over 13,000 cars, with most being Ford Crown Victorias. The Lexus RX 400h or RX 450h hybirds cost over $40,000, with a typical cab hovering around $28,000 -- but there's actually no financial incentive for having a nicer yellow car. "But c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Taxi TV to Change Because People Hate Taxi TV

    ​Televisions in the backseats of New York City cabs are about to change, the Times reports. (For those of you bemoaning the lack of progress humanity has made, read that sentence aloud to someone in 1980 and watch them flip their shit.) A survey of taxi passengers came out Thursday, and 31 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Squeaky Clean and Suave Cab Drivers Coming to New York

    Acceptable outfit?​Yesterday the Taxi and Limousine Commission changed some of its policies for taxi drivers to make your ride a little more sexy. Taxi Drivers must now comply with a dress code that says they must wear clothes with a "professional appearance." According to the New York Times, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    The New York Times Investigates the Mystery of the Disappearing 5 p.m. Cab

    ​You know how whenever you have to go to the airport at, say, 4:30 p.m., you find yourself standing on a street corner with all of your luggage attempting to hail a cab but with nary a cab in sight? Inevitably, a cabbie with his off-duty light on stops and asks you where you're going, and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    TLC Votes Today on How to Tell Your Cab Driver Not to Wear Jorts

    "Super Taxi Driver" boxers, inappropriate for an actual taxi driver. Via Cafepress.​Dress codes are hot right now, whether you're a banker or a cab driver. And since all of those who take cabs deserve to be driven by a man or woman with impeccable style, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2010

    Taxi Drivers Hold Secret Summits to Share New Ways to Scam You

    ​A taxi driver accused of ripping off over 4,000 passengers told the Taxi and Limousine Commission that drivers get together to dream up new ways to screw over riders. Joseph Kastner is now what is officially known as a snitch, as he described "meetings" in which "a series of drivers ... decid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Your "Taxi of Tomorrow" Will Be an Iconic Minivan

    ​Mayor Bloomberg and the Taxi and Limousine Commission are tired of those Crown Vics. At a press conference today, the city announced three finalists in a contest to choose a new, custom-built car model to replace the city's fleet of taxicabs. See pictures of whatever high-tech deathtrap-on-wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Top 5 Alternatives for Getting From Brooklyn to Manhattan

    ​Following a weekend of service changes on the G train that, again, kept many from going anywhere (let alone to that foreign place called Manhattan), another issue came to our attention: Cabbies aren't going to Brooklyn anymore, either.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Dear Rest-of-America: New York's Cabbies Are Not The Rudest, You Are Just All Ignorant Pussies

    ​DNA News posted today on a recent survey calling New York City's taxis the second-best in the world next to London's Black Cabs. They also called the drivers of New York's taxis "America's Rudest," with Paris coming in second place. To which New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Con-Artist Cabbies Convicted in Troubling Taxi Fare Fraud

    Via Junkables.​Remember the Great Taxi Scam of 2010? A few cabbies, it turned out, were charging passengers the (double) suburban rate It brought out sympathy from people who felt bad for cabbies, exaggerations from the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner, and media outlets looking ridiculous dro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Taxi and Limousine Commission Cracks Down on Nickel and Diming Cabbies Just in Time for Friday Night Rush

    ​Today the Taxi and Limousine Commission announced that they'll attempt to revoke the licenses of 633 drivers who did the dastardly, unforgivable deed of routinely overcharging their customers, costing those poor, innocent taxi riders $1.1 million en toto. (Which, just for comparison's sake, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Taxi Scam,Take Two: The Times Sniffs the Air

    The Great Taxi Meter Conspiracy That Wasn't sheds light not only on the presence of true political hacks at large in the administration of Michael Bloomberg (imagine that!), but also opens one of those rare windows into how those who run our Paper of Record see the world they're forced to share with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Take Back the Taxi Movement D.O.A. No Thanks to Empathetic Pansies

    ​The New York Post's profile of Dr. Mitchell Lee, the guy who reported an irregular fare increase his cab driver tried to get away with to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, is wonderful. He saved everyone money! He's a hero! Or could've been a hero. A big one. Only until you get to the end, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2010

    TLC: New York Taxi Drivers Overcharged Passengers $8.3 Million

    ​In the last 26 months, city taxi drivers have illegally flipped a switch on their meters to charge a higher out-of-town rate on rides within the five boroughs 1.8 million times, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which believes that riders were overcharged $8.3 million dollars.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Report: Cabbies Get Bigger Tips on Credit Card Fares

    In 2007, when they started installing credit-card readers in cabs, YellowCabNYC found some drivers resistant to the change. A commenter said, "I get yelled at 3 out of the 4 times for using credit card" even when notifying the driver in advance. The hacks may have been conflating the readers with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Guys Cuddle in Cab, Driver Ejects Them, Post Readers Sound Off

    We have always believed that you aren't a real New Yorker until you've been thrown out a cab for getting cozy in the backseat, but Paul Bruno and his partner did not see the honor when cabbie Medhat Mohamed -- "appalled by their shows of affection," say the Post -- ejected them Monday night. Bruno w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    TLC Makes Life Even Harder for Cabbies, Shuts Off Their Phones, Threatens Their Licenses

    Cab drivers go through hell to make a buck-three-eighty, and now the Taxi and Limousine Commission, whom they all justifiably hate, is making life more unpleasant for them, banning cabbies from even wearing those phone headsets with which they converse with their relatives back home while you relax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    City's Plan to Push Cabs into the "Green" Shot Down By Judge, Again

    The city keeps trying to get cabs to go hybrid, and the taxi owners keep pushing back. The Taxi and Limousine Commission's most recent plan included incentives to please the owners -- for instance, they would be authorized to charge drivers more for use of the hybrids -- and the drivers were told th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    TLC Wants Cab Ideas -- Here's Ours

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission is asking for your suggestions on how to make cabs better. No, really: they've put out an RFI for "ways to enhance the technology systems in each taxicab for the benefit of passengers, drivers and owners alike," and You the Public are encouraged to respond by email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    iPod-Jacking Cabbie Willing to Deal; Victim Has Other iPods

    The Post follows up on that strange taxi story we told you about last week, in which a cabbie forced a young woman whose credit card wouldn't work in his reader to surrended her iPod as recompense for the fare. The cabbie is identified as Mohammed Islam, and says he's willing to return the iPod in e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Diddy Pays for Your New Year's Cab Ride to the Next Bar

    The city didn't go for Sean Combs' offer to donate $1 to local charities if they refashioned the New Year's Eve ball to resemble "the blue stone of Ciroc," a vodka he promotes. So now he's offering free cab rides to New Year's Eve drunks. He will work with the Taxi and Limousine Commission to have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    TLC Says Drivers Won't Lose on New Green Fleet Plan

    The Taxi & Limousine Commission calls to explain that its new, environmentally-conscious taxi plan, described here earlier as a burden on cabbies, would save hybrid-driving hacks more than it would cost them. While fleet owners who buy hybrids would, under the plan, be allowed to charge cabbies $3 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Hybrids Coming, Says TLC; TS, Say Cab Owners

    The Times' City Room says taxis are about to go hybrid in a hurry. To meet the Taxi and Limousine Commission's October 1 deadline for 25-mpg, low-emission cabs -- which pretty much requires all new cabs be hybrids -- and a 2012 all-hybrid fleet, the city announced it has contracted with Ford, Chevro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008

    The Extra Buck Stops Here

    When the MTA tries to hit the city and the public up for more money (again), local lawmakers balk -- but when New York's financially taxed taxi drivers cry out for a little relief, those same lawmakers jump to their defense. Makes a certain amount of sense, actually. 15 City Council members are st ... More >>

  • News

    September 4, 2007

    Hail No!

    Cabbies get taken for a ride by the taxi commission, so you don't.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    City Jobs Kick Ass (Literally)

    The incident occurred on May 24, 2005, a Tuesday, out at I.S. 78 on East 68th Street in Brooklyn. The victim was a New York City Police Department employee. In the city's accounting of all workers compensation claims in 2005, this particular injury is summoned up in one word: Buttocks. There were t ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2006

    Taxicab Concessions

    High-tech, high-level wheeling and dealing makes all of us fare game

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2006

    A Leaky Tank Near You?

    This week the City of New York entered into a consent decree with the federal government settling an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against the city for failing to follow federal law in monitoring and fixing potentially hazardous underground fuel tanks. The settlement calls for the city to ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2003

    Bush's Voice of America

    Pro-War Media Conglomerate Tries to Take Over New York

  • News

    April 20, 1999

    Fare Game

    Cab Drivers Face a Cell Block

  • News

    February 2, 1999

    Frank Mancuso's Last Ride

    A urine test is a marijuana-loving cabbie's final pothole

  • News

    May 26, 1998

    Driven Crazy

    Keeping tabs on cabs

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