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(New York Daily News)   Man giving a ride to a couple of elderly cancer patients in NYC discovers that one will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the Taxi & Limousine Commission   (nydailynews.com) divider line 41
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2014-06-03 08:09:13 AM  
They dismissed the fines, did they pay the impound fees as well?
 
2014-06-03 08:21:46 AM  
They cannot possibly be worse than the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
 
2014-06-03 10:01:22 AM  
Ask Uber (ride service) all about the taxi and limo committee.
 
2014-06-03 10:02:14 AM  
" I resemble that remark.
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2014-06-03 10:05:56 AM  
What a d!ck.
 
2014-06-03 10:06:03 AM  
If they're not charging for the ride, how is it a taxi??  How is giving cancer patients a free ride to a clinic different from me giving a free ride to my friends to Taco Bell?  WTF????  Are these taxi agents cops (marked cars, lights, uniforms, badges - guns)? Couldn't the guy have just said "I'm not a taxi, your rules don't apply to me biatch" and driven away?  Come on man, this makes no sense at all.
 
2014-06-03 10:07:01 AM  
Wait a second.

> ...I observed above driver / owner operating above vehicle picking up 2 females who called a dispatcher for car to pick them up. I confirmed this with passengers before car came to pick them up about destination and fare.

How could he confirm this with the passengers before the car came to pick them up? Do T&LC agents just go around to random people waiting on the sidewalk, asking them if they called for a car?
 
2014-06-03 10:07:01 AM  
Is that the scam where a "driver" rents a "licensed taxi" every day must spend about half the night just to pay the rental before he earns one cent?

Just like the "stripper" who pays the club owner for "floor space or pole rental" and spends half the night before she receives one cent?

Or the "doctor" who pays the "hospital clinic" lots of money to rent a space and may get through half his appointments before he sees one cent?

The taxi and limo commission must be slackers for not branching out.
 
2014-06-03 10:07:38 AM  
Without the TLC, NYC would become Somalia.
 
2014-06-03 10:07:47 AM  
Whoever wrote that citation and impounded the car needs to be beaten on his back with sticks, so he pisses blood for 10 years. His bosses, too.
 
2014-06-03 10:08:34 AM  

Cold_Sassy: What a d!ck.


Are you referring to the agent or the supervisor setting the quota?
 
2014-06-03 10:11:48 AM  
Taxi drivers in NYC are the dumbest assholes on the planet.

I'll never forget the one time I was in a cab and some dude cut off the cab I was in. The driver got pissed off enough to drive around him on a one way street.

How did he accomplish this, you ask? Well, what did you think the sidewalk was there for? Clearly it is a passing lane.

/end csb
 
2014-06-03 10:14:01 AM  

pueblonative: Cold_Sassy: What a d!ck.

Are you referring to the agent or the supervisor setting the quota?


whynotboth.jpg
 
2014-06-03 10:15:33 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Ask Uber (ride service) all about the taxi and limo committee.


I was wondering about Uber as I read that.

Lemme guess, Uber is illegal in NYC.
 
2014-06-03 10:16:28 AM  

pueblonative: Cold_Sassy: What a d!ck.

Are you referring to the agent or the supervisor setting the quota?


Why not both.jpg   :)
 
2014-06-03 10:17:06 AM  

Savage Belief: pueblonative: Cold_Sassy: What a d!ck.

Are you referring to the agent or the supervisor setting the quota?

whynotboth.jpg


Darn your hide!
 
2014-06-03 10:21:47 AM  

jimpoz: Wait a second.

> ...I observed above driver / owner operating above vehicle picking up 2 females who called a dispatcher for car to pick them up. I confirmed this with passengers before car came to pick them up about destination and fare.

How could he confirm this with the passengers before the car came to pick them up? Do T&LC agents just go around to random people waiting on the sidewalk, asking them if they called for a car?


People standing on the street. Guy asks if they called a cab, they reply "no we called someone for a ride". Guy observes them getting into a car. Etc.

Guy deserves to be run over.
 
2014-06-03 10:23:29 AM  

NASAM: Random Anonymous Blackmail: Ask Uber (ride service) all about the taxi and limo committee.

I was wondering about Uber as I read that.

Lemme guess, Uber is illegal in NYC.


Not according to their website
 
2014-06-03 10:23:58 AM  
Excellent to be charitable, but the organization should provide the driver with some form of documentation to avoid being impounded/ticketed.

Ever had a car towed in NYC? Pack your patience.

/and an L
 
2014-06-03 10:26:03 AM  

jimpoz: How could he confirm this with the passengers before the car came to pick them up? Do T&LC agents just go around to random people waiting on the sidewalk, asking them if they called for a car?


Sounds like the volunteer service needs to instruct the people they are servicing that "fark off" is the correct response to anyone asking any questions.

BitwiseShift: Or the "doctor" who pays the "hospital clinic" lots of money to rent a space and may get through half his appointments before he sees one cent?


This is pretty much not legal anymore. I am sure there are creative ways that skirt legality to do it but if the scheme is designed to pay above market rent in exchange for access to patients it is going to catch the "wrong" people's attention.
 
2014-06-03 10:26:17 AM  
Whenever I hear things like this happening, I always envision this in my head...
 
2014-06-03 10:31:55 AM  

mainstreet62: Taxi drivers in NYC are the dumbest assholes on the planet.

I'll never forget the one time I was in a cab and some dude cut off the cab I was in. The driver got pissed off enough to drive around him on a one way street.

How did he accomplish this, you ask? Well, what did you think the sidewalk was there for? Clearly it is a passing lane.

/end csb


NYC taxi hacks are by and large excellent drivers, but only according to the standards of wherever it is they came from.

/Same applies to Miami drivers generally
 
2014-06-03 10:33:21 AM  

pete1729: jimpoz: Wait a second.

> ...I observed above driver / owner operating above vehicle picking up 2 females who called a dispatcher for car to pick them up. I confirmed this with passengers before car came to pick them up about destination and fare.

How could he confirm this with the passengers before the car came to pick them up? Do T&LC agents just go around to random people waiting on the sidewalk, asking them if they called for a car?

People standing on the street. Guy asks if they called a cab, they reply "no we called someone for a ride". Guy observes them getting into a car. Etc.

Guy deserves to be run over.


In some other countries, Dubai, for example, getting in to an unlicensed taxi can be very dangerous.  A kid in my squadron made the mistake and ended up out in the desert,  robbed and stripped naked, but not raped.    The TLC, while being a den of scum and villiany is a nessesary evil.
 
2014-06-03 10:36:58 AM  
NASAM


Random Anonymous Blackmail: Ask Uber (ride service) all about the taxi and limo committee.


I was wondering about Uber as I read that.

Lemme guess, Uber is illegal in NYC.


Not as of yet. I was talking to our driver in Chicago and the local taxi commission was having a tantrum about the service so I assumes NYC and most mafia run cities will cry and whine.
 
2014-06-03 10:47:59 AM  
"It was all a misunderstanding" is the excuse they gave. How was this a misunderstanding?  Agent Penis understood he was supposed to be a dick and he did that job perfectly.

Maybe the misunderstanding was on the part of the nice guy giving the ride.  "He misunderstood that we're worthless leeches with some kind of inappropriate ticketing power and over inflated feeling of self-worth, instead of the being humans as our shape would imply.  It's his fault."

Or the misunderstanding was on the part of the Pols who fixed things: "We're scumbags and you guys don't notice, how do you not understand that?"
 
2014-06-03 10:53:56 AM  

SlothB77: Without the TLC, NYC would become Somalia.


To be fair, right now it's Buenos Aires.
 
2014-06-03 10:55:53 AM  
Okay.  So the Taxi Agency impounded this guy's car and now claims it was a misunderstanding.  Are they going to compensate him for the inconvenience of losing his car for however long it took to straighten things out?  I'm guessing "no".
 
2014-06-03 11:07:24 AM  
Well duh. The Commission has one job: ensuring no one else enters the market. They were created by Yellow, Checker and the rest to force small operators to sell out to them and make sure that licenses (or "medallions") never fall into the wrong hands and thus nobody else takes "their" fares.

Taxi commissions are not for safety. The lobbyist working to set up the same system in Washington, DC says it openly. It is about eliminating competition for his clients by making barriers of entry too high for others to try to attempt it. They want a market for themselves, they send him in to convince the city council to set up a medallion system and create an enforcement system to their advantage.

Fark them. Ill call a gypsy cab every damned time in a medallion market. And the taxi cops can go straight to fictional hell for being the footsoldiers of the oligarchy.
 
2014-06-03 11:58:55 AM  
The Ghostbusters' character Pencil Dick was loosely based on a TLC Inspector, probably related to the current person of interest, who has been able to embellish his fame by abandoning two patients on the side of the road, one a cancer patient, on the way to hospital care, and leaving the scene of the crime after he steals a car.

www.american-buddha.com
 
2014-06-03 12:01:04 PM  
This is another reason why NYC should be nuked
 
2014-06-03 12:02:57 PM  

BolloxReader: Taxi commissions are not for safety.


I won't speak to the overall goals but in a lot of places they are very much on the side of the consumer.  It's simply bad for a city to have the taxis treating the citizens/tourists like shiat in the myriad of ways they can and do.

From what I have heard is the real barrier to entry is the same for any other business, licenses, insurance/bonds, etc.  Yea it sucks to have to front all of that just to give someone a ride in exchange for cash but the nonsense that goes on in lesser or unregulated markets is crazy.  Imagine getting off the plan @jfk and have a mob of drivers surround you like zombies and you have no idea who is legit or not and what they may charge on a whim.
 
2014-06-03 12:22:45 PM  

IRQ12: BolloxReader: Taxi commissions are not for safety.

I won't speak to the overall goals but in a lot of places they are very much on the side of the consumer.  It's simply bad for a city to have the taxis treating the citizens/tourists like shiat in the myriad of ways they can and do.

From what I have heard is the real barrier to entry is the same for any other business, licenses, insurance/bonds, etc.  Yea it sucks to have to front all of that just to give someone a ride in exchange for cash but the nonsense that goes on in lesser or unregulated markets is crazy.  Imagine getting off the plan @jfk and have a mob of drivers surround you like zombies and you have no idea who is legit or not and what they may charge on a whim.


The main problem in NYC is that only a limited number of taxi medallions are available (and way less than the market could handle), which means each one is currently worth $300,000 or something.
 
2014-06-03 12:41:35 PM  
If I have friends over for dinner, dose that make me a Chef?
 
2014-06-03 12:49:35 PM  

BitwiseShift: The Ghostbusters' character Pencil Dick was loosely based on a TLC Inspector, probably related to the current person of interest, who has been able to embellish his fame by abandoning two patients on the side of the road, one a cancer patient, on the way to hospital care, and leaving the scene of the crime after he steals a car.

[www.american-buddha.com image 850x381]


So the guy who wrote the citation has no dick?
 
2014-06-03 01:51:30 PM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: pete1729: jimpoz: Wait a second.

> ...I observed above driver / owner operating above vehicle picking up 2 females who called a dispatcher for car to pick them up. I confirmed this with passengers before car came to pick them up about destination and fare.

How could he confirm this with the passengers before the car came to pick them up? Do T&LC agents just go around to random people waiting on the sidewalk, asking them if they called for a car?

People standing on the street. Guy asks if they called a cab, they reply "no we called someone for a ride". Guy observes them getting into a car. Etc.

Guy deserves to be run over.

In some other countries, Dubai, for example, getting in to an unlicensed taxi can be very dangerous.  A kid in my squadron made the mistake and ended up out in the desert,  robbed and stripped naked, but not raped.    The TLC, while being a den of scum and villiany is a nessesary evil.

theafictionado.files.wordpress.com

Sympathizes
 
2014-06-03 01:57:11 PM  

NASAM: Random Anonymous Blackmail: Ask Uber (ride service) all about the taxi and limo committee.

I was wondering about Uber as I read that.

Lemme guess, Uber is illegal in NYC.


And they should be. I'm surprised they're legal anywhere until they fall in line with the myriad regulations necessary to ensure rider safety. I'm shocked at how many people get in a car with a total stranger and assume they'll be protected -- in an accident, from the driver, etc. -- because an app told them so.

/lives in SF, only uses Flywheel, the app that calls real cabs. It's gold.
 
2014-06-03 02:21:24 PM  
s13.postimg.org
 
2014-06-03 02:27:33 PM  

Geotpf: IRQ12: BolloxReader: Taxi commissions are not for safety.

I won't speak to the overall goals but in a lot of places they are very much on the side of the consumer.  It's simply bad for a city to have the taxis treating the citizens/tourists like shiat in the myriad of ways they can and do.

From what I have heard is the real barrier to entry is the same for any other business, licenses, insurance/bonds, etc.  Yea it sucks to have to front all of that just to give someone a ride in exchange for cash but the nonsense that goes on in lesser or unregulated markets is crazy.  Imagine getting off the plan @jfk and have a mob of drivers surround you like zombies and you have no idea who is legit or not and what they may charge on a whim.

The main problem in NYC is that only a limited number of taxi medallions are available (and way less than the market could handle), which means each one is currently worth $300,000 or something.


lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-06-03 02:44:06 PM  
But wait ... I thought there are no such things as "quotas" when it comes to enforcement (of any type) ... ?
 
2014-06-04 07:31:58 AM  

TheEdibleSnuggie: Whenever I hear things like this happening, I always envision this in my head...


That was very well done.
 
2014-06-04 10:07:44 AM  

mcreadyblue: Geotpf: IRQ12: BolloxReader: Taxi commissions are not for safety.

I won't speak to the overall goals but in a lot of places they are very much on the side of the consumer.  It's simply bad for a city to have the taxis treating the citizens/tourists like shiat in the myriad of ways they can and do.

From what I have heard is the real barrier to entry is the same for any other business, licenses, insurance/bonds, etc.  Yea it sucks to have to front all of that just to give someone a ride in exchange for cash but the nonsense that goes on in lesser or unregulated markets is crazy.  Imagine getting off the plan @jfk and have a mob of drivers surround you like zombies and you have no idea who is legit or not and what they may charge on a whim.

The main problem in NYC is that only a limited number of taxi medallions are available (and way less than the market could handle), which means each one is currently worth $300,000 or something.

[lh6.googleusercontent.com image 300x214]


A market overheating far beyond local inflation is ample evidence of a broken, monopolistic market. The number of medallions probably made sense in the 80's and early 90's, when NYC was pretty much at its nadir, but it's now booming back to its wartime highs with thousands less and only a trickle of new ones every year, basically ensuring that only investors are making any money.

But the TLC once arrested Mike Wallace for calling them dickheads. This is small potatoes compared to how idiotic they can be.
 
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