NYC Taxi Commission Proposes Complete Cell Ban for Drivers
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Once again, the Nazi run TLC telling cabbies how to live...
Think about it this way, every year, you get a merit increase in your sallery. It may not be much, but even if you work at Mc-F'in-Donalds, you're going to get SOMETHING even if you're really crappy at flipping burger.
Do cabbies? Nope. Unless the TLC says so, and the last time they did it was a while ago, and before that, I can't remember.
Also, because they're all indipendant contractors, they don't get sick days, or benefits. Sucks to be them.
Also, thanks to Bloomberg, before their choice of cars was pretty restrictive, but he's forcing all cabbies to drive hybrids by the end of this year, changed from a mandate of 2012.
They're also mandated to work ...
Its alright, I'm a limo driver
I have to honestly say this is bad for their busniness, but I do understand the driving aspect as well. Since I called my regulars so often I would have to say it would hurt my business to not be able to reach them as well. I'm against this, sorry New York.
isn't the Taxi Commission a Mafia front? They become a "Commission" by breaking knees and shooting up houses, right?
Does Anyone Remember...
I still think it's a bad law.. talking on the phone isn't what makes it dangerous.. its finding it to answer it.. dialing.. etc..
Are they still able to use the 2Way radio built into the dashboard? because that is just as dangerous as using a cellphone,worse actually if they have to change channels because their eyes are completely off the road!!!
Sounds like a great idea!