Taxi Workers Alliance proposes cab fare hikes

May 5, 2011 3:28:59 PM PDT
Pay close attention to the rates posted on the passenger doors of taxicabs now because they all could change.

"Right now with the price of gas being over $4 and with the price of the lease that drivers have to pay, they're typically earning below minimum wage," said Bhairavi Desai, of the Taxi Workers Alliance.

The Taxi Workers Alliance says cabbies haven't had a raise in seven years and has asked the TLC to approve the following increases:
- Mileage from $2.00 to $2.50 a mile
- The wait time from .40 to .50 a minute
- Increase the night surcharge by .50 cents
- And add a $1 surcharge - Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

"We need a raise because, like I said, I used to fill up for $35, now I pay $55 or $60 to fill up," said Chris Alexandropolous, a cab driver.

If you got stuck in traffic an extra 20 minutes that would be an extra $2.00.

The fare from Manhattan to JFK would be $10 more from $45 to $55.

"No I don't want to pay more," said Meryl Silver, an East Side resident.

"Gas prices are up so they do deserve it," said Yakov Balakhovsky, a West Side resident.

The TLC still has to approve the proposal.

In a written statement it says, "We've received the petition and will review it carefully and thoroughly."

"No, I don't want to pay more, I'm not getting a raise, it's not fair, I understand that they want to live, but we want to live too," said Marie Mills, a New Brunswick resident.