A yellow cab in New York City.


New York City Taxi Drivers Are Demanding Big Changes For Uber, Lyft

July 11, 2018 - 7:12 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Taxi drivers fed up with Uber are demanding big changes and the New York City Council is beginning to show some support.

Cabbies in the five boroughs have their fares set by the Taxi & Limousine Commission and have been complaining for years that Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing apps are not subjected to the same rules.

They say it’s unfair to allow Uber and Lyft to mandate their own prices for similar routes as the companies have begun charging exorbitant fares.

One driver told 1010 WINS John Montone that he’s seen Uber charge up to $275 for a trip to Newark Airport. He said the price was “nonsense” and that the most he’d be able to make as a yellow cab is $85.

Now, some city councilmen have heard their complaint and are beginning to agree.

Councilman Barry Grodenchik, who has taxi drivers in his Queens district, said there’s recently been a new sense of urgency from Council Speaker Corey Johnson to add new regulations to the industry.

The push comes in light of six taxi driver suicides in six months.

Even with the rush to create ride sharing regulations, some taxi drivers say they’ve ditched the yellow cabs and have started working for their competition.

“I have to work with the winner at least,” one driver said. “Uber is the winner, almost all the jobs in the street is Uber.”