taxis

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:

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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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?

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 - cars need to finally come under city regulations. All sides raised the specter of livery drivers attacking passengers and driving without background checks.

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 a hearing today he already has a plan ready to go. Cohen said students at Suffolk University drafted a single-color plan - they started with a focus group of rape counselors, since finding a cab quickly can be an issue for rape victims.

By - 8/10/11 - 4:20 pm

The Council's Committee on Public Safety holds a hearing Thursday on a proposal by Councilor Maureen Feeney (Dorchester) to create a civilian taxi board to oversee the city's medallion cab fleet.

By - 8/3/11 - 12:17 am

Smashed cab

Historygradguy happened upon a smashed-in Cambridge cab on Comm. Ave. near the BU Bridge during the evening storm. He reports EMTs put the driver in a neck brace.

By - 8/1/11 - 10:25 am

Smashed cab

A roving UHub photographer noticed this unusual sight on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge on Sunday, reports:

The strange thing: There were no other planters in sight. And you can't tell from the photo but it was full of dirt, too.

By - 6/1/11 - 6:36 am

The city's sending notes to cabdrivers this week reminding them to knock it off when it comes to trying to get East Boston residents and visitors the cost of the tolls on the way back, because that's illegal.

Via Jim Correale, who reports:

By - 5/18/11 - 12:20 pm

Cab in the Muddy RiverPhoto by BFD.

A Brookline cab driver who lost control exiting Storrow Drive at Park Drive wound up in the Muddy River this morning, the Boston Fire Department reports.

By - 5/12/11 - 7:36 am

Or failing that, they want card readers that don't fail so often. WBUR reports on an angry meeting yesterday among cabbies, two credit-card processing companies and the Boston hackney unit.

By - 3/13/11 - 5:17 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Winthrop man on charges he drove off in a cab when the driver got out.

According to police, Paul Delellis, 41, got into the front seat of a cab at State and Kilby streets around 11:50 p.m. yesterday. The driver asked him to sit in the back, but Delellis refused to move, police say:

By - 3/3/11 - 8:06 am

Taxi sign

Spearmintkitten couldn't help but notice this sign in her cab yesterday.

Copyright Spearmintkitten. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 2/15/11 - 7:38 am

WBUR continues its look at the state of Boston taxis.

Mwokeji says there have been many cases where the machine goes down and a customer just flat out refuses to pay. Often, he says, they think he's lying because drivers have earned that reputation. But there is nothing he can do about it.

'BUR also quotes a fleet owner who claims Boston cabs have gone from "shaggy, shifty, sleazy to where it's pretty much all spit and polish right now, and high tech."

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