The Boston Business Journal reports Worcester's Commerce Bank has just hired a senior vice president to head up lending to Boston taxi-fleet owners to buy medallions.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.
The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.
The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising monolithic control over the taxicab industry."
As she waited at 1 a.m. today in this long cab line at Logan, Rachael Ringenberg wondered:
Totally makes sense not to encourage Uber here??
Mary Moore writes she had actually been proud to have never taken an Uber car.
My patience ended this morning, when I stood on the street for 20 minutes in temperatures that hovered in the teens, waiting for a taxi that I'd ordered the night before.
According to a new study (warning, PDF) released by Uber, yesterday, its Boston drivers - of which it estimates there are now 10,000 - are earning an average of $19 per hour, ~33-percent more than area taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
The study came under immediate criticism because its research was co-conducted in-house by John Hall, Uber Technologies' "Head of Policy Research", so, yeah, he had a conflict of interest. He has a doctorate from Harvard University, though, so there's that.
Heavily regulated Boston cab owners last week filed a federal lawsuit against city and state regulators they charge have put them at a competitive disadvantage by letting Uber, Lyft and similar concerns steal their business.
In their lawsuit, filed in US District Court, the Boston Taxi Owners Association and two individual medallion owners charge the city is ruining their investments in expensive medallions by letting ride-share or "transportation network companies" pick up passengers for hire without any similar investment.
The Herald reports on an incident around 1:20 a.m. on Sunday at Boylston and Berkeley streets, in which four alleged goons got into an argument with their cab driver at Boylston and Berkeley streets that ended with them pulling him from the cab, beating him and leaving him lying on the ground.
The Salem News reports the city's mayor has drafted regulations that could make it difficult for the rideshare service to keep sharing rides there.
A City Council committee today began figuring out how to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, in a hearing that overflowed from the council chambers to two other hearing rooms and the hallways on the fifth floor of City Hall as cab drivers, Lyft drivers and Uber fans sought to show their support for one mode of transportation over the other.
Updated with info from the arraignment.
A Brookline cab driver had bail set at $1,000 today on charges he wielded both his fists and his cab as weapons against a bicyclist who had just run into a pedestrian at Tremont and Avery streets Friday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, the incident with driver Sam Chandler, 45, began when a bicyclist ran a red light and plowed into a pedestrian as she was crossing the street.
Four Massport workers admitted today they accepted cash and other items from cab drivers in exchange for letting them move up in the queue for passengers at Logan Airport, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
In exchange for the plea, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke ordered each of the four former "cab starters" to pay a $10,000 fine and placed them on two years of probation. He also barred them from trying to get a job with a government agency - or collecting their state pensions.
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Arlington Police report arresting a pair of alleged knuckleheads they say pummeled a cab driver when he insisted they pay their fare after a ride from Alewife station late Saturday.
Christopher LaFrance, 25, of Arlington, and Jacob Shaps, 24, of Boston, were arrested on charges of assault and battery, unarmed robbery and intimidation of a witness after police tracked down LaFrance's residence based on the ID cards he left behind in the cab's back seat, police say.
According to police, the cab driver picked the duo up at Alewife around 11:30 p.m. and drove them to Arlington, telling them the ride would be about $20.
The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on how to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.
Councilors Bill Linehan - who proposed the hearing - and Steve Murphy said it was time for regulation to protect public safety and out of fairness to existing medallion owners, who are subject to scrutiny by the police hackney division.
City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.
On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing on how to give city regulators say in the operation of the new services:
WCVB reports on an incident involving a couple who didn't like the route their driver was taking from Brighton to Watertown this afternoon.