NEW YORK – New York City’s desire to keep closer tabs on taxi drivers may prompt drivers to strike, according to the Web site www.gothamist.com. The city wants to install a GPS-tracking video monitor in cabs, which the city claims will help passengers retrieve lost items (even if they don’t have receipts or medallion numbers) because the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be able to find the taxi that dropped them off at a certain location. However, drivers think the GPS systems will be used to nail them for traffic violations and that they’ll end up paying for systems that cost between $2,800 and $5,400. The last time taxi drivers went on strike was May 13, 1998, to protest new rules and higher fines under Mayor Giuliani. Taxi drivers in Philadelphia went on strike over GPS systems for one day, but have to deal with them anyway, according to the Web site www.gothamist.com.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials

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