NYC rider credited with taxi complaint

March 17, 2010 5:57:31 AM PDT
A rider who questioned an extra $2 on his fare is credited with touching off a widespread investigation into cabbie rip-offs. Dr. Mitchell Lee was riding home from NYU Medical Center in Manhattan last August when he noticed the suspicious fare and the meter "going fast."

When he spoke up, the driver offered a discount. Instead, Lee paid the full fare, with a credit card, then complained to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The TLC said last week that thousands of cabbies had illegally raised rates on about 1.8 million trips over two years. The city is considering rebates for cheated riders.

Lee told the New York Post that New Yorkers - and tourists - are "smarter than cabbies think."

He still sympathizes with honest, hardworking drivers.

Information from: New York Post,