The Globe continues its look at the local taxi industry with some depressing news for anybody who gets injured by or in a local cab.
Bribery, shortchanging and a city government that doesn't care, the Globe reports.
When the bars close down, cabbies pull the no-cash, no-ride trick, apparently. A discussion going on on Twitter:
A company that offers something like a hitchhiker app launches today in the Boston area. SideCar, already available in several cities, lets users find people going their way - people the company says have been vetted to weed out serial killers and the like.
There's a fee involved, of course, which will no doubt catch the attention of the local medallion-cab company, whose traditional... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports.
Updated Thursday morning.
The Dorchester Reporter reports prominent Boston lawyer William McDermott was struck and killed by an SUV as he tried to walk across Day Boulevard at L Street in South Boston Wednesday evening.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports McDermott was hit by a Ranger Rover driven by a 33-year-old South Boston man:
State Police responded to the scene at about... Read more
Five Massport workers were arrested today on charges they took bribes from cab drivers seeking to evade the airport's normal queue for passengers, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, State Police and Massport announced.
Officials say the five "cab starters" let cabbies who slipped them $20 to $40 jump ahead of other drivers - although they add some of the five accepted scratch tickets, cigarettes... Read more
East Boston News posts a complaint from Meridian Street about all the Logan cabs that scurry along it now:
We residents of East Boston that live on and around Meridian Street, East Boston get to hear, see, smell, breath and dodge the steady stream of hundreds of empty Logan taxis that bless our streets again this morning and all day long. But that's O.K.... Read more
Boston Police are looking for two guys who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint around 11:50 p.m. on Copeland Street. The cab hit several cars before coming to a stop.
Dave Levy compares Uber and arriviste Hailo:
As an end-user, I'll likely go back and forth depending on wait times; the ability to choose and have multiple options only makes transportation around Boston better.
The Daily Free Press reports on a Saturday incident involving a cab driver who held a woman's bags hostage while he forced her to pay twice for her ride from the airport:
After she swiped her card and accepted the payment, a message on the machine thanked her for the payment.
The driver said the payment had not gone through and insisted that she... Read more
An aggravated citizen reports:
I took a cab from my home is roslindale to Logan arriving at 5am. I tried to pay w. credit card but the driver insisted the system wouldn't work until 7. Taxi 592 forest hills independent taxi service. I have been in too many Boston cabs where "the system isn't working" for credit cards.... Read more
The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the now infamous standards division, said today the division will issue an operating certificate to Uber now that it has learned a national standards body is evaluating GPS-based metering systems like the one Uber uses.
The office's statement came just a couple of hours after Gov. Patrick's spokesman vowed to get Uber back... Read more
On the one hand: The sort of start-uppy people the city wants to attract to South Boston love the idea of Uber - which lets users reserve a cab-like car... Read more