Penalties Stiffen for Cabbies Who Won’t Go to Brooklyn

05/13/2011 8:58 AM |

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If you hail a taxi in Manhattan and ask the driver to take you to Brooklyn, the cabbie has to take you! By law! Still, 2,341 complaints—roughly 13 every day—were filed in the second half of last year over drivers who wouldn’t take passengers to their destination, an almost 40 percent jump from the year before.

To discourage such behavior, the City Council unanimously passed a bill this week that would increase the penalties a cab driver faces for refusing to taxi a passenger, the Bed Stuy Patch reports. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law within the next 30 days.

Currently, the penalty for such a transgression is $200-$350 the first time, $350-$400 the second; under the new law, a first offense would cost $500, and a second $1,000, NY1 reports.

No word yet on what penalty bad tippers face, though they are the worst offenders of all. If you’re gonna make some poor guy drive you all the way to Brooklyn, you better reward him for it!

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3 Comment

  • I always just ask before I get in. Being nice works wonders. “Do you mind a trip to Williamsburg?” I only get a “NO BROOKLYN!” every now and then, and more frequently get a “thanks for asking.” True story. Frankly, I’d rather know before I’m stuck in a car with a driver who’s seething that he’s having to cross a bridge.

  • That’s terrible advice. Never ask. Get in, and tell them where to go. “I only get a ‘NO BROOKLYN’ every now and then.” That’s not the desired result.

    Once, I made the rookie mistake of asking and my wife (a Manhattanite who’s lived in Brooklyn for 15 years) actually chased down the reluctant cabbie who tried to drive off and pounded on the car until he stopped. One of the many reasons I married her.

  • Are you saying that brooklynites should tip more than the normal percent? It’s the “poor” cabbies job to go “all the way to Brooklyn”. So I won’t reward him any extra than the normal expected tip. Brooklyn is a part of New York City, and actually way closer to some downtown locations (where I have been denied a cab) than upper manhattan. There’s something about going over a bridge that just scares people.