By - 4/1/09 - 8:55 am

The Globe reports at-large Councilor Stephen Murphy wants a six-month moratorium on medallion transfers while and the rest of the council consider the city's new tax regs, which require cabs to be hybrids by 2015 and which require cab owners to ensure their vehicles - and drivers - are actually clean.

The more cynical might assume the councilor is acting now because he... Read more

By - 3/31/09 - 8:51 am

A group of Boston cab owners has sued the city over its requirement that all cabs be hybrids by 2015, charging the requirement to buy only new hybrids would put them out of business and violates federal clean-air and car-mileage laws.

The cabbies, who say they collectively own 8% of the city's current fleet, say they are not opposed to hybrids in general, but... Read more

By - 12/2/08 - 8:55 am

The Outraged Liberal's been wondering about that:

Now that gasoline prices have plummeted, shouldn't Boston taxi fares do the same? Yeah, I know, pretty stupid. Too much tryptophan-induced delirium I guess. But at the very least, shouldn't the increased rates only apply to cabs that don't have a "Check Engine" light illuminating the dashboard? ...

By - 8/29/08 - 4:09 pm

Boston today approved higher fares for local cabs - but at a price: In addition to allowing rates to go up (from $13.95 to $16.20 for a five-mile ride), Mayor Tom Menino and Police Commissioner Ed Davis announced a series of new regulations aimed at making local cabs - and their drivers - cleaner and safer.

By 2015, all Boston cab drivers will have to... Read more

By - 8/7/08 - 9:03 am

Fabulously Out There had just an absolutely swell time getting home to East Boston after taking in a movie at the Loews on Tremont Street, what with the cabbie refusing to take her unless she paid for his tolls on the way back:

... So I did what my East Boston cab drivers told me to do and started looking for his cab license

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By - 6/24/08 - 4:30 pm

If Boston cab-fleet owners want fare increases, they should be forced to clean up their acts, City Council President Maureen Feeney says in a letter to Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who oversees taxi fares in Boston.

The taxicab industry has been described as "sharecropping on wheels" with drivers forced to pay thousands of dollars in fees before they can earn any salary. This system penalizes

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By - 6/2/08 - 1:16 pm

Taxi drivers push for fare increase.

The Outraged Liberal sympathizes with cab drivers, but wonders if fleet owners, who charge drivers $77 a day, are making out like bandits:

By - 1/6/08 - 11:37 pm

ChezNiki explains how she just hates how there's no way to get from Logan to anywhere else by public transit in the wee hours, like, say, when her plane gets in. She posts a copy of a text message she sent a friend about her ride home to the West End recently:

... Just gettg home now. F*ckg cabby drove through lynn, revere, medford

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By - 4/18/07 - 10:33 am

Jake Wark photographed this cab on fire around 8:15 this morning outside Center Plaza. He reports that Boston Fire arrived moments later and extinguished what was left of the taxi.

Update: Report from the guy who got the cabbie out of the car.... Read more