Taxi Federation Proposes Having Passengers Pay Before Riding

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November 20, 2019 - 6:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York City taxi federation on Wednesday proposed a plan that would make passengers pay for their ride upfront.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers suggested that drivers collect their fare before the ride begins in what’s being called “Operation Pay and Ride.”

The move is hoping to stop fare evaders who flee the cab without paying. The federation estimates about 20-30% of all livery rides go unpaid.

The move is announced just a few days after a livery cab driver turned himself into police on charges that he stabbed a passenger.

The driver, Sandy de Jesus Rodriguez, denies that he stabbed anyone and says the violent video of him confronting a man in the Bronx happened after he tried to stop a passenger who skipped her fare and stole $190 from him.