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New plan for livery taxi drivers to demand fares in advance

ByElla E. Kidwell

Nov 20, 2019

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NEW YORK — The New York City Taxi Federation has unveiled a plan that would change the way you pay for your ride.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers suggested that drivers pre-collect their fare before the ride begins.

It’s called Operation Pay and Ride, and it’s meant to stop fraudsters fleeing the taxi without paying.

The NYSFTD estimates that between 20-30% of all livery rides go unpaid.

The initiative also hopes to help avoid verbal or physical altercations between drivers and riders.

Recently a livery taxi driver went for supposedly sbeat up a passenger for an unpaid ticket in the Bronx.

Sandy de Jesus Rodriguez faces charges of uttering threat, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Nov. 18 incident. He denies stabbing anyone.

The incident underscores the violence that has repeatedly erupted between drivers and drivers – and drivers are often the victims.

The taxi federation is expected to officially announce the bill at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.