Taxi workers held another strike starting at 5AM this morning over demands to remove the new GPS systems, for there to be a healthcare and retirement pension fund, and union recognition. However, it's unclear how many of the tens of thousands of taxi drivers actually struck.
The Metro Taxi Cab Board of Trade says that 95% of the 13,000 taxi fleet was on the streets and the Office of Emergency Management did not notice a "significant drop in the number of taxis on the road," but the Taxi Workers Alliance, which spearheaded the strike, said that 75% of cabs were on strike. The TWA's Bhairavi Desai told amNY that drivers on the roads today were not full-timers but just opportunistic part-timers and medallion owners..
No matter how many hacks are striking, it seems that drivers on the road are winning out, since the zoned fare system allows drivers to pick up multiple fares. The Post explains that "the average 2.8-mile taxi ride, which normally costs $9.60 will earn a driver who picks up four passengers $60 - a 525 percent increase."
Did you notice any more or less cabs? And to anyone who regularly takes cabs, are the fares much more expensive? The September two-day taxi strike seemed to have negligible impact.
Photograph of striking taxi workers at 40 Rector Street by dietrich on Flickr