Taxi drivers protest with no relief from coronavirus in sight


Aug 21, 2020 Max Siegelbaum @maxsiegelbaum

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Taxi drivers parked their cabs and closed the area around New York City Hall Wednesday morning to seek the mayor’s help. COVID-19 has dried up most of their fares, and creditors are still looking for money for their plummeted taxi medallions. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance hosted the rally, which took place from City Hall to the buildings of taxi creditors in Long Island and New Jersey. The organization estimates that ridership fell by 80 to 90% during the pandemic. “The brokers, the mayor, the banks, they all said they would take care of the yellow tag cabs, but instead the TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) didn’t tell the drivers that the tag was going to go from hundreds of thousands of dollars to just $ 83,000 – leaving a lot of us in huge debt and it’s killing us, ”said a driver outside town hall. amNY[TaxiandLimousineCommission)didn’ttelldriversthemedallionwasgoingtodropfromhundredsofthousandsofdollarstoonly000—leavingmanyofuswithhugedebtandit’skillingus»onedriversaidoutsideCityHallamNY[TaxiandLimousineCommission)didn’ttelldriversthemedallionwasgoingtodropfromhundredsofthousandsofdollarstoonly000—leavingmanyofuswithhugedebtandit’skillingus »onedriversaidoutsideCityHallamNY

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