I’m tired of cabbies telling me it’s rush hour, or when I sit comfortably in the cab they say “I’m not going to Brooklyn/Harlem”. That’s why I decided to do my agency report on the Taxi & Limo Commission. The amount of prejudice exhibited my mostly cabbies of color is ridiculous, embarrassing, and disheartning. Refusal of service is against the law. Period.
If you are in the cab, stay put. If they do that curbside negotiation BS take down their cab info and call 3-1-1. Either way let them know that you know the penally pursuant to Code 54 section 20. These are the penalties for refusal of service:
First violation: $350 if plead guilty before a hearing; $500 if found guilty following a hearing.
Second violation (any combination of violations) w/in 24 months: $700 if plead guilty before a hearing; $1,000 and possible suspension of License for up to 30 days if found guilty following a hearing.
Third violation (any combination of violations) w/in 36 months: $750 and Revocation of License if plead guilty before a hearing; $1,000 and Revocation of License if found guilty following a hearing.
It will be a lonnnggg ride but…. If we don’t stand up for the rights we are granted, who will.