taxis

By - 1/2/17 - 10:34 am
Long Logan cab line

A disgruntled Aaron Rosenberg shows us a cab line at Logan at 12:45 this morning.

"Glad we banned uber...thanks," he writes. Logan has banned UberX and Uber Pool, unless the drivers register their cars as livery.

By - 12/22/16 - 12:26 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.

By - 12/13/16 - 7:47 pm

Edward Tutunjian was sentenced today to 20 months of probation - 18 of which he has to spend in Coolidge House in Boston, for payroll tax evasion, employing illegal aliens and for failing to pay overtime wages, the US Attorney's office reports.

He also has to pay at least $29,000 a year for his lodgings.

Tutunjian pleaded guilty in August to the charges related to his operation of Boston's largest taxi fleet.

By - 8/19/16 - 5:58 pm

The Globe reports Police Commissioner William Evans is reconsidering his initial decision to let Edward Tutunjian transfer his taxi medallions to his family before pleading guilty to tax evasion.

By - 8/2/16 - 10:49 pm

Edward Tutunjian, one of the largest owners of Boston cab medallions, agreed to plead guilty to payroll tax evasion, employing illegal aliens and failing to pay overtime wages today and agreed to pay more than $2.3 million in fines and restitution, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 7/5/16 - 4:00 pm
That's a lot of cash

Boston Police report that when a man who got into a cab at Mass. Ave. and Tremont Street Friday afternoon left his backpack behind, the driver opened it up to see if there was any ID inside.

There was $187,000 in cash in it. Read more.

By - 6/21/16 - 10:54 am
Copley cabs crash

Cara captured the scene in Copley Square where one cab driver rear-ended another.

By - 4/19/16 - 9:14 pm

The Globe reports, quotes one rep as saying the measure is not really to help cabbies but to help the "small" banks he says could be devastated if the cab medallions they lent money for collapse in value.

By - 4/8/16 - 9:37 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 17-year-old they say was the leader of a group of teens preying on taxi and Uber drivers in recent weeks. Read more.

By - 4/1/16 - 7:20 am

The Globe reports on an order issued by a federal judge yesterday that gives the city six months to revise its car-for-hire rules - and that if it wants to continue treating services such as Uber and Lyft differently, it it better be prepared to show some really good reasons.

Read the judge's order.

By - 2/23/16 - 7:56 am

All 6,000 of them under a new Boston Police regulation. What about Uber and Lyft drivers? They're not cabbies, so exempt from any BPD regulations, but the Globe reports legislation on Beacon Hill would require those drivers to get fingerprinted as well.

By - 9/28/15 - 8:24 am
USSR sign at Forest Hills MBTA station

The T or MassDOT or somebody last week shifted the taxi stand at Forest Hills from in front of the station down Washington Street near Ukraine Way. The sign did not go unaltered for long.

Cab drivers are not happy about the shift, Jamaica Plain News reports.

By - 9/15/15 - 9:23 am

Boston Magazine braces us for today's State House hearing on regulating ride-hailing service such as Uber and Lyft.

By - 8/7/15 - 10:10 am

State Police report a cab driver who picked up a man and a woman in downtown Boston early this morning found himself stunned with a taser and his cab stolen from him on I-93 southbound near the Keystone Apartments. Read more.

By - 8/3/15 - 9:05 am
Taxi drivers protest Uber on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge between Boston and Cambridge

Bridge protest this morning. Photo by Lee McGuire.

Upset over Uber, natch. Shortly before 9 a.m., cab drivers blockaded the Mass. Ave. bridge into Cambridge. "Completely gridlocked traffic downtown," Christine Peterson reports.

Read more.

By - 6/2/15 - 7:37 pm

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.

By - 4/21/15 - 11:15 am

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."

By - 3/16/15 - 7:05 am
Long line at Logan

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??

By - 3/5/15 - 7:40 am

Xconomy reports the price of a cab medallion in Boston has dropped from $700,000 to $500,000 in just one year - and that Carriage News, a newspaper for the Boston taxi industry, stopped publishing last month.

By - 3/4/15 - 7:42 am

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.