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General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 3-10-18 Now On Line
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:11:02 AM »

Will Medallion Values Rise?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 3-4-18 Now On Line
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:23:50 PM »

Mile Abe and Carolyn talk about FHV proposed bill

General Discussion / Taxi Medallion Blog
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:29:19 AM »

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 2-19-18 Now On Line
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:18:34 PM »

General Discussion / Doug Schifter's Brother
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:33:27 PM »
I just got word that Doug Schifter's Brother George Schifter will be on the Taxi Dave Show this Sunday

General Discussion / Doug Schifter
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:10:15 PM »
I was forwarded this email:

Dear Drivers:

It is so heartening to see professional drivers coming together in these difficult times.

For those of you who wish to pay your respects, tomorrow there is a memorial service for brother Douglas Schifter in West Babylon, Long Island:

Thursday, February 9 at 11:30 AM
New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery
1180 Wellwood Ave
West Babylon, NY 11704

Click here for more photos from our City Hall vigil for Douglas Schifter.
Douglas Schifter was driven to financial ruin by Wall Street greed. Ubernomics is not an act of god, it is not inevitable: it is the result of choices that our legislators have made to deregulate our industry with the financial backing of Uber, Lyft, and their cohorts - who spend more on lobbying than Microsoft, Walmart and Amazon combined.

United, we have the strength to demand change. We need
a cap on the number of vehicles in New York City, and
the metered fare for Yellow and Green Cabs should be the rate floor for all for-hire vehicles so that drivers can earn a living wage.

If you haven't already, now is the time to join our union.

Together, we can and will save our full-time professional and reign in a business model that is determined to destroy our livelihood.

Below is the full text of yesterday's New York Times column highlighting drivers' struggle in the gig economy.

A Driver's Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy


Doug Schifter, a New York livery driver, said he killed himself to illuminate how ride hailing services have devastated taxi workers financially.Creditvia Black Car News

Last spring, Bhairavi Desai, a middle-aged woman without a driver's license and thus an unlikely leader for thousands of mostly male drivers in the world's largest market for hired vehicles, delivered emotional testimony in front of New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission about the mounting existential difficulties in her field.

The executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Ms. Desai had been a labor activist for 21 years but she had never seen anything like the despair she was witnessing now - the bankruptcies, foreclosures and eviction notices plaguing drivers who were calling her with questions about how to navigate homelessness and paralyzing depression.

"Half my heart is just crushed,'' she said, "and the other half is on fire."

The economic hardship that Uber and its competitors had inflicted on conventional drivers in New York and London and other cities had become overwhelming. For decades there had been no more than approximately 12,000 to 13,000 taxis in New York but now there were myriad new ways to avoid public transportation, in some cases with ride-hailing services like Via that charged little more than $5 to travel in Manhattan. In 2013, there were 47,000 for-hire vehicles in the city. Now there were more than 100,000, approximately two-thirds of them affiliated with Uber.

While Uber has sold that "disruption" as positive for riders, for many taxi workers, it has been devastating. Between 2013 and 2016, the gross annual bookings of full-time yellow-taxi drivers in New York, working during the day when fares are typically highest, fell from $88,000 a year to just over $69,000. Medallions, which grant the right to operate a taxi in New York City, were now depreciating assets and drivers who had borrowed money to pay for them, once a sound investment strategy, were deeply in debt. Ms. Desai was routinely seeing grown men cry and she had become increasingly concerned about the possibility that they would begin taking their lives.

On Monday morning, Doug Schifter, a livery driver in his early 60s, killed himself with a shotgun in front of City Hall in Lower Manhattan, having written a lengthy Facebook post several hours earlier laying out the structural cruelties that had left him in such dire circumstance. He was now sometimes forced to work more than 100 hours a week to survive, he said; when he had started out in the 1980s, a 40-hour week was fairly typical. He blamed politicians - mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo - and their acquiescence to the rich for permitting so many cars to flood the streets. He blamed the Taxi Commission for the fines and hassles it imposed.

He had lost his health insurance and accrued credit card debt and he would no longer work for "chump change,'' preferring, he said, to die in the hope that his sacrifice would draw attention to what drivers, too often unable to feed their families now, were enduring. He had forecast all of this doom in columns he had written for a trade publication called Black Car News, he wrote, but few had listened to him.

Implicit in his testament was the anger he felt over the de-professionalization of his life's work. Mr. Schifter had driven more than five million miles throughout his tenure, through five hurricanes and 50 snowstorms. He had chauffeured celebrities and worn a suit. He was not driving a car to supplement the income he was getting from his crepe business and he was not trying to make a little extra money for massage. He was not a participant in the gig economy; he was a casualty of it.

For at least a century, the suicide as spectacle, prompted by a reversal of fortune, has typically been the practice of the wealthy. In the months after Wall Street's crash in 1929, four people threw themselves out windows in New York (leading to the folklore that there had been many, many more such deaths). Decades later, Bernie Madoff's son Mark hanged himself from a dog leash in his SoHo apartment. In 2016, Sanjay Valvani, a hedge fund manager accused of insider trading, slashed his throat in the bedroom of his Brooklyn townhouse, to much sensation in the tabloid and financial press. Poverty too often kills you without making you try.

For taxi drivers staring down an even bleaker future of driverless cars at a moment when Washington considers a weekly paycheck bump of $1.50 an occasion to break out the layer cake, it is hard to see where the metaphoric Prozac will come from.

The problems facing the city's taxi drivers have become so bad, Ms. Desai said, that even on New Year's Eve many complained that they roamed around unable to pick up fares. At about that time she had received a call from a woman who runs a community radio station in the Bronx, with an audience made up mostly of Dominican livery drivers. Two drivers that the host knew of had killed themselves and other drivers were on the show talking about the isolation and fear they saw all around them.

In the days preceding his death, Mr. Schifter wrote about his decreasing faith in our politics and about his commitments to his spiritual life. "Forget the cliché you only live once it is not true," he said in a Facebook post. "The clues are all about you if you take the time to seek them."

In Solidarity,
Bhairavi Desai
NYTWA Executive Director

General Discussion / The Fare Is Not Fair-Everyone should pay
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:34:07 AM »
When it comes to who is going to pay for the billions of $$$ it will take to fix the Subway system they are asking too much of the entire FHV/TAXI system and very little from everyone else. Every business in NYC and even the entire State of NY should be contributing. The system has an effect on the economy of places way beyond the boundaries of NYC. Just one $ a day form every business in the State would be a lot more fair to pay for this.

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 1-31-18 Now on Line
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:43:48 PM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Cogestion
Who Should Pay to solve the problems?

General Discussion / Taxi Dave Show 1-28-17-Encouraging
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:56:42 PM »

General Discussion / Written Last April
« on: January 27, 2018, 03:04:28 PM »

This was written last April...I was asked to bring it back to read


NYC Taxi Metered Fares ...

I feel the following new rate-of-fare structure should be implemented.
A fare increase should be awarded immediately to offset basic operating &
cost-of-living expenses that have risen for New York City yellow cab drivers.

This NEW fare increase will also greatly improve the current taxi driver shortage !!

Due to the new 'Vision Zero' rules, the City's speed limit has been reduced from 30 MPH to 25 MPH.
Therefore, the NEW rate for metered waiting time should be directly proportionate to that reduced speed limit -
i.e. change the existing waiting time of $30.00 per hour to approx. $36.00 per hour.
The calibration should run at a rate of sixty cents (.60) per minute, and 'minutes' should
include all 'partial' minutes that add up to FULL minutes of stopped or slow traffic.


We should return to the metered rate for ALL fares within the borders of New York City.
The 'security' advantages of the JFK 'Flat Rate' are now obsolete due to the advent of new GPS & trip sheet technology.
Drivers - AND passengers - deserve the proper rate of fare, and the flat rate often results in DRASTIC fluctuations in
taxi driver earnings & passenger expenses .

3) Increase the 'Rush Hour' Surcharge -
The current 'rush hour' surcharge of $1.00 per trip should be increased to $2.00 per trip
and shall be in effect Mon. thru Friday - INCLUDING all legal holidays -
between 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm

There should be a minimum charge for luggage and other items that involve an 'extra step'
in the street hailing process. The trunk and/or luggage charge should be a minimum of $2.00     

The metered rolling time should be raised from fifty cents (.50) per 1/5 mile to fifty cents (.50) per 1/6 mile.

The initial metered 'drop' should only be raised from $2.50 to $2.75
This 'drop' should always be equal to NYC-MTA fares - and should be kept low to incentivize ridership.

The metered fare shall allow two (2) passenger stops.
Any fare continuing on after the second stop shall allow the driver to completely reset the meter.

7) Newark Airport...
The fare shall be the standard New York City rate, with an initial 'drop' charge of $25.00 - plus any tolls.

8) Nassau & Westchester Counties ...
The fare shall ALSO be the standard New York City rate, with an initial 'drop' charge of $25.00 - plus any tolls.

9) Group rides shall be re-introduced at LaGuardia & JFK Airports,
with legitimate taxi dispatching personnel.
- Penn Station & Manhattan's Port Authority terminals
should also have this option for drivers and passengers.

10) Allow An 'Event Surcharge' for high-volume locations
Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Piers,
West Side Piers, Javits Convention Center, Barclay Center,
Madison Square Garden, Arthur Ashe Stadium, JFK, LGA... HELLO ?!?!

11) ALL drivers will be allowed to request PAYMENT IN ADVANCE
from passengers for ALL trips over $20.00.

12) Lease Cap Provisions...
There should be a fair and equitable distribution
of the new fare increase between taxi owners & drivers.
** There should also be a NEW option of DAILY rates and HOURLY rates **
Driver retention, quality vehicles and public safety depend on it !!
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General Discussion / Now it's Your Turn
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:20:30 PM »
We can't have our Rates on The Doors but we can wear them

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General Discussion / Rates on The Doors? No! Rates on the Shirts
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:41:02 AM »
We can't have our rates on the doors
But we can have them on our clothing

Let's show them that we can be independent!
I'm envisioning every taxi driver will ware the design I created.
Is it not worth the investment?

Click to enlarge

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 1-11-18 Now on Line
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:34:04 PM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Access a Ride
Did Travis steal our money?
Crain's Article "Wishful Thinking"
And More

General Discussion / Mike and Abe 1-5-18 Now on Line
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:09:47 AM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Apps in Taxis
Congestion Fix

General Discussion / Mike and Abe will Return Next Week
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:16:26 PM »
Show Postponed for Xmas will return next week

General Discussion / The Salem Plan
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:47:40 PM »
The Salem Plan - How to remonetize taxi medallions and maximize the utility of for hire vehicles"

General Discussion / Taxi Dave 12-17-17-Great News on Tonights show
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:45:49 PM »

Carolyn brings some great news to the show

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 12-17-17 Now on Line
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:04:56 PM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
WAV Drivers
Upcoming Medallion Auction

General Discussion / Mike and Abe are Back 12-13-17
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:03:47 AM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Apps and Extra Yellows

General Discussion / Cash Cab
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:53:55 PM »
Just watched the return of Cash cab on The Discovery Channel. I wonder what the story is on why they revived this great show and great promotion for the Yellow Industry? They should have a few of these taxis out there. That would get a lot of attention!

Here is a photo of myself and Ben Baily the host of the show. This photo was taken in about 2008 at a TLC event I was invited to:

Click to enlarge.....

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-26-17 now on line
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:23:39 PM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
Uber Hack
How to make industry healthy
Seniority on Hack Licenses
and More

General Discussion / This Message Board-The Process of Contributing
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:43:00 PM »
To all those reading this board and not participating:

USE IT OR LOSE IT....................THE CHOICE IS YOURS..................ONE CLICK AND IT'S GONE

If you are not participating because of what you may think is difficult to register, the purpose of the registration process is for protecting from spammers, of such there are thousands. So, I, as administrator, must check out if you are one of them. You can first email me and tell me what your purpose is and I will have an easier time to approve you,  We need your input! We are not getting it form the hundreds of readers to this board, only a few have been doing so.

General Discussion / We need To Have the Apps on Taxi Doors
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:25:58 PM »
We Need to have the Taxi Apps on the Doors:

Look at this picture of a taxi in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. If this was on all  the NYC taxis everyone would know that NYC Taxis have apps

Click picture to enlarge

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-12-17 Now on Line
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:56:36 PM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about
The WAV Problems
The App problems
Medallion Owners Organizing

General Discussion / Rodriguez
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:18:28 PM »

General Discussion / The Truth Talks to Deaf Ears
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:53:47 PM »

Where is the Help?  What is this insanity all about? It's time for reality and the truth to be heard!

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 10-1-17 Now on Line
« on: October 01, 2017, 11:54:56 AM »

Carolyn, joins Mike and Abe to talk about TLC and City Council meeting this past week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 9-24-17 Now on Line
« on: September 24, 2017, 12:51:02 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about CC Meeting scheduled for tomorrow Sept 25

General Discussion / I Received this email
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »
Dear Counsel,

We started a petition to abolish the New York City Traffic Violations Bureau (NYC TVB.) A link to the petition is in the bottom of this email.

Suffolk, Buffalo and Rochester all got rid of their Traffic Violations Bureau in 2013, 2015, and 2017 respectively. NYC (5 counties) is the last location standing. Please encourage your clients to contact their elected officials on this matter. Ultimately, this matter will matter most to defendants which charges filed in the TVB.

As a member of the NYSBA Committee on Vehicle and Traffic Law I am attempting to get an opinion from the NYSBA on the issue.

If you have any questions about the differences between the TVB and other traffic courts, feel free to contact me.​​

***We are trying to abolish the​​
 Traffic Violations Bureau in New York City. Sign the Petition today on!***

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General Discussion / Can UBER ever compete with this?
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:20:54 PM »
look at these photos

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 8-13-17 Now on Line
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:18:11 PM »

Carolyn joins in at the half way mark to talk about Uber and their dire sistuation

General Discussion / Does any one remember
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:34:50 PM »
On the south east corner of E48th and Park Ave there was on the Plaza of an Office Building a statue of a man Hailing a Taxi. I think I stopped for him once around 2AM when the streets were empty and the fares were scarce. This was around 20 years ago, or more.

General Discussion / Lucius Riccio on PBS Channel 13 Tomorrow June 28
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:04:46 AM »
Louis Riccio, Former Transportation Commissioner and writer of the Crain's article linked below has asked me to inform everyone that he will be discussing this topic
"Three mistakes that snarled Manhattan traffic and caused the taxi crisis" on PBS Channel 13  tomorrow(June 28) at 6PM

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-25-17 Now on Line
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:07:29 PM »

Mike Abe and Carolyn this week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-18-17 Now on Line
« on: June 18, 2017, 01:40:59 PM »

No Audio Problems this week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-11-17 Now on Line
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:06:10 PM »

Please excuse that the audio is a little off time. The content of the show is still GREAT.I'm trying to figure out where the audio problem is....

General Discussion / City Council Meeting on Monday June 5.-Opinion?
« on: June 03, 2017, 08:07:05 PM »
On Monday June 5 a meeting is scheduled at the NYC Council. The question they will be discussing is traffic, what can be done to alleviate the over abundance of this evil? Well the answer to me is obvious, some one has to go. There are taxis that have been serving the public for over 100 years. There is private traffic that citizens are free to have. There are emergency vehicles, police, fire and ambulances. There are commercial vehicles that deliver goods and services. And, there are for hire vehicles that are taking advantage of society in every way possible. They overcharge the customers, cheat their own drivers and defy all rules and regulations that they don’t favor. Is there any question of what would be fair?

Any one care to comment?


*There is still an appeal pending for 2 years since 2015


I hope they have a lot more planned to level the playing field.
Get rid of the TNC cars that are unquestionably breaking rules
and give Medallion taxis the ability to favorably compete,
so we can somewhat restore the value of the assets they sold us.
If not, it will be plain that what has happened in the past
was planned and not in any way accidental!

General Discussion / Cuomos Uber Ride
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:18:11 PM »

How Many others have been working in NYC?  Notice the straight plate

General Discussion / They Snuck This into NYS TNC Law
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:25:40 PM »
6. (a) "TNC prearranged trip" or "trip" means the provision of  transportation  by  a  transportation  network  company driver to a passenger provided through the use of a TNC's digital network:
(i) beginning when a transportation network company driver  accepts  a passenger's request for a trip through a digital network controlled by a transportation network company;
(ii) continuing while the transportation network company driver transports the requesting passenger in a TNC vehicle; and
(iii)  ending  when the last requesting passenger departs from the TNC vehicle.

(b) The term "TNC prearranged trip" does  not  include  transportation provided through any of the following:
(i) shared expense carpool or vanpool arrangements, including those as defined in section one hundred fifty-eight-b of this chapter; and
(ii)  use  of  a  taxicab, livery, luxury limousine, or other for-hire vehicle, as defined in this chapter, section 19-502 of  the  administrative code of the city of New York, or as otherwise defined in local law.

General Discussion / What Went Wrong?-The Law is so Obvious
« on: April 02, 2017, 08:15:28 AM »
This was written 6/18/15- How could anyone anywhere disagree with what the NYWTA wrote in this notice?

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