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Sixth Cabbie Suicide Sparks Calls For Limits To Uber, Lyft

June 19, 2018 - 8:52 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City cabbies and elected officials are calling on the city to stop the deaths.

This comes after the taxi union says a sixth driver took his own life last month because of financial troubles.

Twelve hours behind the wheel were apparently not enough for 59-year-old Abdul Saleh, who was found hanging in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.

And although Saleh  worked long hours behind the wheel he didn't make enough money to lease his cab or pay his rent, 1010 WINS' John Montone reported.

"How is it possible that you have professional workers that have been driven to suicide because the poverty is so crushing?," said Bhairavi Desai, head of the NYC Taxi Workers Alliance.

 Cabbies are calling on the city to limit the number of Ubers and Lyfts on the street and to set standard fares for ride share cars, Montone reported.