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Cabbies: ‘Unfair surcharge’ will be ‘nail in the coffin’ for medallion owners

December 20, 2018 - 10:54 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There's been plenty of focus on congestion pricing to fix New York City subways, that would have to be approved by the state legislature.

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But did you know another congestion pricing plan will kick in on New Year's Day?

There will be a surcharge for all taxis and for-hire cars in Manhattan south of 96th Street.

The surcharge will add $2.50 to a taxi ride, $2.75 for Uber, Lyft or other black cars and 75 cents for app ride-shares.

A group of cabbies and medallion owners are not happy. They reportedly plan to file a lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to block the plan. They say the plan was approved with no consideration for how it would hurt the industry.

“This law cannot survive even the most generous level of court scrutiny because there is no rational basis for blaming medallion taxicabs for increased congestion,” said attorney Brett Berman.

One of the plaintiffs fighting the law is the brother of Kenny Chow, a driver who killed himself over failing finances.

“My brother Kenny killed himself because of the chaos in the industry caused by the failure of New York City to properly regulate Uber and the other FHVs,” said Chow. “Now comes this unfair and discriminatory surcharge that will be the nail in the coffin for 6,000 immigrant medallion owners like myself.”

The suit names the state and the Taxi and Limousine Commission as defendants.