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!