You know what we hate even more than cabbies talking non-stop on their headsets? When we see people on bicycles yelling into their cell phones. Actually, it's more anxiety than hate. Also, we once saw a dude on a bike carrying an umbrella.
Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: NYC
Years as a cabbie: 26
Previous profession: Teacher
I don't use the phone. I'm not trying to be on the phone with Bangladesh. The new laws are fine with me. You ask me, a $200 fine isn't enough. No phones. You should know the city if you're a cab driver, and you shouldn't be on the phone.
Where I hailed him: Port Authority
Where he hails from: Colombia
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Worked in a theater
I think the law makes a lot of sense and it should be extended to all drivers, not just cab drivers. It's always good to be careful, and there's never any reason for using a cell phone while driving unless it's an emergency. If you have to work, do it at your office. Not while driving. I have a cell phone here in the cab, but I only use it for emergencies unless I'm on break.
Where I hailed him: West Village
Where he hails from: Brazil
Years as a cabbie: 4
Previous profession: Always a driver
I think it's like every other law. It will be broken sometimes and people will get caught once in a while. It's hard to see if someone is on the phone, though. With the Bluetooth, things like that. Probably the laws are for the best, but people don't take laws that seriously around here, I've noticed.
Where I hailed him: Chinatown
Where he hails from: Ivory Coast
Years as a cabbie: 8
Previous profession: Construction
I know they think it's dangerous to be on the phone and drive, but come on. As a safety issue, it doesn't make sense. It's just as bad for passengers if we can't use our phones: lots of times we're looking for directions, or fast ways to get them where they're going. And they use the phones, so we should be able to. Also, I want to be able to call for help. No one ever worries about my safety.