New York Post: No More Free Ride for Misbehaving Cabbies
By Tom Namako
November 19, 2010
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A loophole that lets bad cabbies draw out disciplinary hearings for years was hacked apart by taxi officials yesterday.
In the past, cabbies got an unlimited number of postponements when people filed complaints about reckless driving, cellphone use or being refused a ride. Now the rule has been strengthened so drivers can't get more than one delay -- and only for a "good cause."
Previously, a rescheduled hearing would be granted if a driver simply missed a proceeding or kept producing doctors' notes, officials said.
"These new regulations will help close a loophole that allowed unscrupulous operators to put off hearings surrounding their misconduct seemingly endlessly," said Councilwoman Jessica Lappin (D-Manhattan), who had lobbied for the change.
Several people complained to taxi officials about the endless postponements, she said.
One of her constituents had to wait two years for a driver to be punished after several delays, she said.