taxis

By - 10/17/12 - 7:12 am

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

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By - 9/21/12 - 8:56 am

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.

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By - 8/15/12 - 3:38 pm

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

By - 8/15/12 - 8:20 am

The Boston Business Journal reports City Hall is talking about meeting with Uber at some point, now that state officials have said it's breaking state law by using GPSes instead of taxi meters.

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

By - 5/14/12 - 11:56 am

Hickey (l), CunneenHickey (l), CunneenBoston Police report arresting a couple of alleged sad sacks for carjacking a cab in City Square last night.

Police say one of the men jumped behind the wheel but managed to get only a short distance down Devens Street before colliding with... Read more

By - 5/7/12 - 7:32 am

Logan cab line

Sara photographed the cab line at Logan around 12:45 this morning.

By - 4/23/12 - 10:58 am

Boston Police report Steven Lovering took a cab to the 7-Eleven store at 55 Berkeley St. in the South End early this morning, then decided to hold the place up even though the cabbie refused to stick around for him.

Police say the driver helped officers ID Lovering, 44, after they responded to a hold-up alarm there around 1:30 a.m. They did not... Read more

By - 4/14/12 - 8:04 am

An Atlantic article on cab-alternative Uber focuses on Washington, DC, but a lot of it sounds familiar:

Almost all the everyday complaints about cabs trace back to this regulatory cocktail. Drivers won’t take you to the outer reaches of your metropolitan area? The regulated fares won’t let them charge you more to recover the cost of dead-heading back without a return customer. Cabs are

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By - 3/30/12 - 4:02 pm

Boston Police report a Charlestown man who jumped out of a cab without paying early this morning attacked the driver when he got out to demand the driver's money and then tried to flee with the man's wallet, only to be tripped up by his own feet.

Carlos Martinez, 33, was charged with fare evasion and assault with intent to rob (unarmed), following the... Read more

By - 3/21/12 - 7:29 am

A disgruntled employee at a local cab company gets to the bottom of a mystery that's been plaguing him and co-workers since the required introduction of credit-card readers: People who leave things behind keep calling up asking to have Cab 1051 searched:

Every time someone runs a credit card in a Boston Cab with a particular credit card processing company it shows up on

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By - 3/20/12 - 6:37 am

A South Boston man and a man with no fixed address will be arraigned today on charges the stabbed the cab driver early this morning at Shawmut Avenue and Lenox Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The driver, 50, from Lynn, was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries following the 1:22 a.m. incident, Boston Police say.

Michael Shaw, 20, of... Read more

By - 1/29/12 - 10:19 pm

Mr. Magellan reports on an incident that happened as he was getting out of a cab at Tremont and Park Saturday night:

[T]wo girls were about to get in. Then two guys came up and tried to steal it from them. One of the girls just got in the cab and one of the guys called her a "disrespectful bitch" and then proceeded to

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By - 1/3/12 - 2:41 pm

Matt Karolian reports a harrowing ride today with a cabbie who refused to accept that city regulations prohibit him from charging the cost of the return toll to people headed to East Boston - a ride that ended at Boston Police District A-7, where the cabbie wanted Karolian charged with fare evasion and Karolian threatened to press a kidnapping charge.

As any East Boston... Read more

By - 12/22/11 - 1:28 pm

Lame cabs in Allston

The day after local bicyclists celebrated the opening of bike lanes on the BU Bridge, an irate citizen forwarded this photo of lane-hogging cabs just a few blocks away outside BU's Warren Towers:

Apparently the bike lane on Comm. Ave. is now

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By - 11/23/11 - 1:20 pm

Boston Police report arresting a pair of Milton residents who they say hailed a cab in the 1100 block of Blue Hill Avenue and had him drive around for awhile before directing him to the nearby Mac's Guest House on Callender Street:

The male suspect got out and walked up to the victim’s window and asked the victim how much he owed for

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By - 11/15/11 - 7:24 am

With nothing else to do as he slowly inches to the front of a taxi line at Terminal B, Paul Levy analyses the taxi dispatching problem and comes up with a possible solution to the long lines caused, he said, not by demand, but by the way taxis are dispatched from the central cab parking area.... Read more

By - 9/21/11 - 11:07 am

Cabbies say: Unfair

Laura Vogel snapped this photo today, asks:

Remind me again how this is my fault?

The city increased fares 16% in 2008, partly to cover the cost of credit-card processing, partly to cover higher gas prices. Some cabbies, however, remain pissed over the credit-card... Read more

By - 8/11/11 - 11:23 pm

At a sometimes contentious hearing on taxi regulation - at which cabbies revealed plans to sue the city over its credit-card requirements - drivers, city councilors and the city taxi czar agreed on one point: The city needs to crack down on unregulated livery drivers and out-of-town cabbies stealing business from the locals.

All sides agreed drivers of black - and now sometimes white -... Read more

By - 8/11/11 - 10:39 pm

City councilors today quickly warmed to a proposal to require Boston cabs to be painted a common color, like in New York, as a way to help confused people figure out which cars are legally licensed - and their drivers subjected to background checks - and which are unregulated gypsy cabs.

Mark Cohen, the director of licensing for the police hackney division, told councilors at... Read more

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