Monday, April 2, 2007

Taxis in the news

San Jose, California

Taxi drivers are threatening to strike. Gripes include mandatory testing upon permit renewal, no limits to the number of cabs, and inability to sell or transfer their businesses.

Denver, Colorado

The Colorado legislature is "backing away from the sticky issue of taxicab regulation". Denver Post


A former Maryland cab driver has pleaded guilty to a terror charge. Reuters

    A former Maryland cab driver accused of attending a militant training camp in Pakistan pleaded guilty on Monday to supporting terrorism.

    Mahmud Faruq Brent, 32, said in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that in early 2002 he attended a camp operated by Lashkar-e-Taiba, which the U.S. State Department has designated an international terrorist organization.

We have three Iraqis driving for our company, a Kurd and two Shias. They all agree that the war is dragging on and is being mismanaged, but they also agree that the day Saddam Hussein was captured was one of the best days of their lives. One had a brother seized by Saddam's secret police. He disappeared ten years ago, with no sign of him since.

Sydney, Australia

A female driver from Sydney was assaulted and threatened. Daily Mercury

Beverly Hills, California

A cabbie claims he was stiffed on an $8200 fare after driving a customer from California to North Carolina. AP

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