NEW YORK — New York City cabbies are opposing plans to install GPS devices, or similar technology, in their vehicles, according to the Web site www.webtech.com. As the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) boasts a year of technological innovation, with plans for hybrid vehicles and GPS or similar technology, thousands of drivers are parking their yellow cabs and protesting. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has rallied in the city against GPS devices. Drivers say they don’t want to be tracked and do not need the expense (estimates range from $3,000 to $5,000 per vehicle) of installation. They also claim the devices could be used to monitor speeding and other activities, violating their rights. The TLC began requesting proposals last year to meet new cab requirements, including the addition of GPS systems, according to www.webtech.com. The commission maintains that the tracking equipment would help drivers navigate traffic, provide efficient routes, and help passengers recover lost property.

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