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
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
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.
Feeney says regulations pushed by Mayor Tom Menino and enacted by the police department's hackney unit three years ago that require owners to start buying hybrid cabs, install credit-card machines and wash... Read more
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.... Read more
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:
I rarely use taxis in Boston, but the last time I took one to come home, the driver attempted to... Read more
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.
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:
At this point, the operator... Read more
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... Read more
The Hack reports on the WBUR reporter who rode with him one night for a story about Boston cab drivers:
All this chatting distracted me. I found myself driving aimlessly. Other cabs had cut in front of me to pick up fares I should have stopped for. I was getting frustrated.
"What about the airport?" Adam asked. "You must get a lot of... Read more
Channel 7 reports on one woman's terrifying ride after the guy tried to drop him and her friend off at the wrong Quincy address and he refused to take them to the right place. The report doesn't specify if he's a potential entrant in the "Boston cabbies suck" file, but he did pick them up at a Boston nightclub, which would seem to indicate... Read more
Jenna recounts two recent rides, including one with a cab driver who demanded she not talk at all during the ride.
The Hack reports on a pair of contrasting riders in his cab. With bonus side diversion to Augusta to see the rich people fly into town in their private jets to visit their kids at summer camp.
Boston Police report arresting a pair of Allston residents on charges they beat up a cabbie in Kenmore Square because they allegedly didn't believe he was driving them home on Comm. Ave. as they'd asked.
The victim, after some time of being verbally abused by the passengers, and noticing their increasing aggressive behavior, decided to pull over in Kenmore Square and terminate the fare.... Read more
Paola Ferrer snaps a photo of cabbies idling in the new bike lane on Comm. Ave at Kenmore Square.