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."
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 good fares from there."
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 he's a Boston hack.
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.
Paola Ferrer snaps a photo of cabbies idling in the new bike lane on Comm. Ave at Kenmore Square.
The Hack reports:
Boston Police report a sting yesterday netted a cabbie who picked up an able-bodied rider even though he'd been dispatched to pick up a wheelchair user on Berkeley Street.
Hackneyed Sojourn gives the other side of the story, from the front seat, of all those people who just know the cab driver is taking them out of the way to run up the fare:
The council this week agreed to schedule a hearing on whether forcing Boston cabs to be equipped with credit-card machines last year is hurting individual drivers.
Hackneyed Sojourn recalls the days when he drove a cab for Town Taxi, the preferred coach of the moneyed classes on Beacon Hill:
The Channel 25 anchor/reporter learns first hand that 1:30 a.m. is not a good time for getting a cab in the Financial District.
SuperMark reports that when his cab driver told him after an $18 ride that his cab's credit-card reader was broken, he told the guy he only had $8 on him and that he was breaking the law by driving around with a busted reader. Miraculously, the cab driver managed to get the reader to work.
They're breaking the law. Channel 4 reports that under city regulations, cabbies with broken credit-card readers aren't supposed to be driving around at all.
A federal judge has overruled Boston - and his ten-year-old grandson - and said federal law prohibits the city from forcing cab owners to buy hybrid vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Herald reports cabbies are largely ignoring a city ordinance that bans them from using cell phones while driving.