Do You Worry Much About Getting Tickets? 


We were once pulled over for the same offense three separate times while driving from Williamsburg to the West Village: the left taillight was a little dim. Yup, that’s right, three of New York’s finest put their lives on the line to make sure we’d get our taillight fixed. And you know what? We still haven’t fixed it! Suckahs!

   
MOHAMMED
Where I hailed him: Hell’s Kitchen
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Carpet salesman
I don’t get any tickets. I just make sure I don’t do anything wrong. I don’t use too much speed. I don’t try to beat red lights. I don’t make any U-turns. I don’t try to go the wrong way. Three or four years ago I got some tickets, but since then I haven’t gotten any. It’s hard, though. Say a passenger asks you to pull over to the side where there are cars parked. A policeman will give you a ticket then for blocking traffic. But how can you not block the traffic — you have to let the passenger out. What can you do?
   
JORDAN
Where I hailed him: Kip’s Bay
Where he hails from: Montreal
Years as a cabbie: 6 months
Previous profession: Fast food drive-thru server
Nah. I think it’d be hard to get a ticket here, actually. I’ve gotten a few parking tickets in my life, but you can’t do that here. It’s not like you’d park and leave the cab if you have a customer. Usually the traffic is so bad that you wouldn’t be able to speed if you wanted to. [Laughs] Sometimes I wish things would move that quickly, even if it means I get a ticket.
   
WISHASHA
Where I hailed him: Flatiron
Where he hails from: Thailand
Years as a cabbie: 23
Previous profession: Cook
Oh yeah — I get tickets all the time. So many, so many. I don’t even know how many. Some months you get two or three. Another month you get two or three more. I lose track. At the end of the month, though, is when they are worst. They have to get their numbers up. They always go for the cab drivers first. Every day it gets harder for the cab drivers.
   
FRANCISCO
Where I hailed him: Chinatown
Where he hails from: Venezuela
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Delivery boy
One time a woman came into my cab and she was very pregnant. She got in and said ‘I need to go to the hospital!’ She was very excited. I thought she might give birth right there so I drove as fast as I could. I don’t think I went over the speed limit, but I ran a stop sign. I wasn’t worried though. What kind of policeman would give me a ticket for helping a pregnant woman?

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