NYC Cabbies to Discuss GPS Mandate with Mayors Office
New York taxi drivers will meet with the mayor's office to seek relief from a GPS technology mandate.The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is scheduled to meet with Mayor Michael Bloombergs office to discuss cab drivers demands that the Taxi and Limousine Commission cancel its mandate that all city cabs be equipped with Global Positioning System links. Bill Lindauer, a spokesman for New York Taxi Workers Alliance [NYTWA] confirmed that representatives from the group, which represents New York taxi drivers, are meeting Aug. 28 in the afternoon with representatives from the mayors office. Also at the meeting will be representatives from the Taxi and Limousine Commission [TLC], which oversees New Yorks cabs. NYTWA announced Aug. 23 that it would pull its 10,000 member drivers off the streets during a two-day strike, from early Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Thursday, Sept. 6 if the TLC does not squelch its mandate that all New York taxis implement a technology system, starting in October, that includes GPS.
In addition to providing an interactive map for taxi riders [along with a TV screen that will display advertisements and entertainment] the system will also enable cab drivers to accept credit cards from customers, and instant messages from TLC.