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Yellow Cab Drivers Say Rideshare Vehicles 'Are Killing Us'

May 29, 2018 - 7:51 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- With the advent of Uber, Lyft and other ride services, traditional career cab drivers say they have been suffering and struggling to make ends meet.

A rally will be held Tuesday afternoon outside City Hall to demand legislation to stop the financial crisis that has apparently led to five cabbie and livery driver suicides in recent months.

Angel the cabbie says he's barely scratching out a living.

"They're not making enough money to pay the lease or to pay the medallion. We have to work so hard," Angel said. "They say they're trying to help but we don't see anything yet."

He says what the city needs to do is "reduce the drivers, especially Uber. Those guys are killing us."

"The problem is too many Ubers in the street," another driver said.

The rally comes days after the body of Yu Mein "Kenny" Chow was found in the East River -- yet another taxi driver who was apparently in desperate financial straits.