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Taxi Workers Rally After Rash Of Driver Suicides

March 28, 2018 - 7:00 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Driving a cab in the city has never been easy, but lately it's gotten so difficult that some drivers have literally killed themselves.

Drivers were planning a demonstration Wednesday, on the steps of city hall to demand changes.

The vigil comes after four recent tragedies -- four livery drivers taking their lives, because of financial stress.

Just last week a 65-year-old driver was found hanging in his garage, he left a note that said after three decades driving a taxi, he couldn't pay his bills anymore.

Cira Angeles is the leader of the Livery Base Owners Association.

"Our drivers, we went from assaults, homicides, and now we are in suicides," she said.

Those gathering at the protest are pushing back against too many city regulations. They said if congestion pricing should ever happen, it would wipe out their industry for good.