Street Hails: If NYC Mayor Has His Way, They Wouldn't Be Just For Manhattan Anymore

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:56 PM

(photo by Kate Hinds)

Legislation introduced in Albany over the weekend would allow New York City residents in the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan to legally hail a livery cab.

Currently the "street hail" is the sole legal purview of yellow cabs.

The bill would authorize the sale of 30,000 "hail privilege permits" to livery cab operators and permit the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission to sell up to 1,500 new yellow cab medallions at $1,500 each.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has wanted to extend on-street cab pickups to the outer boroughs for some time now, but his earlier plan met with strong resistance from yellow cab drivers and the New York City Council. Yellow cab operators --some of whom paid six figures to purchase a medallion -- are no happier with this iteration of the plan, and protest plis taking ace at City Hall this afternoon. (UPDATE: photo from the protest below.)

Protesting on the steps of New York's City Hall (photo by Kathleen Horan/WNYC)


WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to explain the plan and field questions from listeners. You can hear the segment below, or go to the BL Show page here.


Comments [2]


at this time it is shame to push drivers for deportation/they lost already everything.but tlc yellow cabs system has reached its limit ad can not go fowrd.drivers are paying now 1200 dlrs a week to cover the lease , gas, mta and credit card surcharges in addition the medallion prices has reached one million,really i waisted my days here in new york working for free.whow me the me the money.brokers also are to blame for this mess .they push yellow cabs drivers to work hard with no respect to other five boroghs .they lesase you a cab to drive in manhattan only ,and ignoring others.the medallion belongs to the people and has to serve anyone .so i would like the city to go foawrd and approve the system because i want these yellow busniss to go out of busniss because they dont respect drivers .i have been working with a broker for four years and he never paid me my day off .

Jun. 21 2011 09:42 AM

A cab driver is paying 100 to 150 per shift averagely. Then he has to pay for gas, parking, his private car expenses, cab maintenace etc. He has to work really hard to take something home. Now TLC/Mayor are planning to create a big competition and mess for cab drivers. The big fleet owners might not affect but the individual cab drivers will suffer alot and nobody cares for them. I think so...

Jun. 20 2011 11:38 PM

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