Cabbie Union Supports Fare Hike, Wants More Surcharges [POLL]

The city's Taxi Workers Alliance proposes an increase to the late-night surcharge, as well as a new morning rush-hour surcharge.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance backed the city’s plan for a yellow-cab fare increase – but want a bigger hike, says the New York Post.

“We call upon the city to . . . enact a new morning rush-hour surcharge [of $1] from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and to increase the night surcharge, which has remained the same for 17 long years,” from 50 cents to $1, said NYTWA director Bhairavi Desai, in a statement obtained by the Post.

The new plan would keep the $2.50 base fare the same, but increase the metered fare to 50 cents – up from 40 cents – for every one-fifth of a mile traveled or 60 seconds of idling time.

The Post says that according to the city’s estimates, the average taxi ride will increase from $11.82 to about $14. The article says that the proposal would also raise the cost of a trip between Manhattan and JFK Airport from $45 to $52, but would also eliminate the 5 percent surcharge that drivers pay on every credit-card transaction.

Last month, it was reported that taxi fleet owners wanted , to keep up with rising gas prices.

“It’s not a huge payday, but anything is better than nothing,” cab driver Shiv Seemongal, 60, told the Post

The article also reports that City Council today is set to pass a bill today that would up the fines for illegal cabs from $200 to $1,500.

Eric McClure June 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Two words: Bike Share.
Sara June 14, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I feel like everyone will kind of protest it at the beginning, but eventually forget and, honestly, if someone needs to take they're going to take it. I'm not happy about it either, but with inflation and rising gas prices, it's pretty shocking that this is the first hike in so long
Surreal July 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@sara u are right! For new York to be the amazing city that it is, taxis are by comparison to say Paris or London...... (cities of equal grandeur) Pennies by comparison. It's fare, every other business get gas supplements, it's only can drivers get one also. FYI the drivers pay for gas not the garages. That cuts into their daily totals!


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