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Eighth NYC Cab Driver Commits Suicide

November 15, 2018 - 12:55 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Another New York City taxi driver has taken his own life.

That brings the total number of cabbie suicides to eight this year.

The taxi and limousine commissioned confirmed the death Wednesday of driver Roy Kim.

Many city cabbies have been struggling financially in the face of growing competition from ride share vehicles.

The city council passed legislation on Wednesday to help cab drivers get financial help and mental health counseling.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson notes the services will be "providing financial counseling and information on mental health services for taxi drivers and for-hire vehicle drivers."

Mayor Bill de Blasio will still need to sign the bill into law.

"This is a crisis that's occurred and we took action this summer on trying to create more parity and greater regulations for for-her vehicles in New York City, to try to level the playing field a little bit," Johnson said of the suicides.

Last month, the city said it was waiving nearly $20 million in fees owed by taxi cab owners in an effort to ease their financial burden after the string of driver suicides.