August 29, 2015 |
An insurer of taxicabs in the Philadelphia region has been ordered liquidated by a Washington, D.C., court. Pinelands Insurance Co. Risk Retention Group Inc. is the second taxi insurer in less than a year to fail, following the insolvency of First Keystone Risk Retention Group Inc. last October. In Philadelphia, 94 of the city's 1,600 cabs are insured by Pinelands, and they have been told by the Philadelphia Parking Authority they must replace their insurance by Sept. 4. The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking was ordered by the court to take over the assets of Pinelands and begin liquidation proceedings.
March 22, 1988 |
A Yellow Cab driver was wounded early today during a robbery by a man he picked up in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The driver, George Chippendale, 36, picked up the fare at 31st Street and Grays Ferry Avenue about 3:10 a.m. and was instructed to drive to 55th and Regent streets, police said. However, the suspect stuck a handgun to Chippendale's back at 55th and Woodland Avenue and demanded the cabbie's money. Chippendale struggled with the gunman and was shot once in the back of his shoulder; the bullet pierced his right forearm, police said.
February 13, 2015
Despite a lower starting price, there were no takers Wednesday for two new taxi medallions offered by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The medallions, created to be used only for wheelchair-accessible cabs, went unsold at an auction with a minimum bid of $350,000. Last October, the PPA, planning to sell 46 medallions for accessible cabs, had set the asking price at $475,000 but attracted no buyers. The advent of ride-share services such as UberX and Lyft have disrupted the traditional taxi business in Philadelphia, but three medallions for regular cabs sold in private transactions last month, two for $525,000 each and one for $495,000.
September 22, 1989 |
Taxi drivers and officials of Philadelphia International Airport said yesterday that they had reached agreement on dispatching procedures and rule enforcement at the airport, clearing up disputes that led to a daylong strike by drivers. Cabbies from four companies went back to work Wednesday night after the agreement was reached about 7:30 p.m. during a three-hour meeting of airport and driver representatives, said Bernie Goldberg, president of the drivers in the United Cab Association.
January 9, 1989 |
Four adults and four children riding in a taxicab were injured, one critically, when the taxi was broadsided by a Greyhound bus last night at the intersection of Ninth and Arch Streets in the city's Chinatown section. Several witnesses and the cabdriver said the bus, carrying about 10 people from State College, went through a red light about two blocks from the Greyhound terminal on Arch Street. "I started up at the green light, and the bus was coming pretty fast," said United Cab Co. driver Anthony Wolsak, 63, who suffered a cut on his head.
November 10, 1987 |
A battling cab driver wrestled with two armed would-be robbers, starting a fight last night on a suburban road that left one suspect critically wounded, according to authorities. The incident, as recounted by Yellow Cab security officials, began at 7:05 p.m. when the driver, identified by police as Yayha Abdullah-Aziz, 38, responded to a radio call in Southwest Philadelphia. Abdullah-Aziz, who told officials he has been driving for Yellow Cab since January 1986 and had been robbed once before, said he picked up two youths who were sitting on the steps outside a house on 56th Street near Warrington.
December 29, 2003 |
Inad Ahmed watches the transformation of Iraq through the windshield of his taxi and hears about the changes in his countrymen from the browbeaten people who climb into his cab and spill their stories. There are hundreds of passengers, Ahmed said, and just as many opinions on how the U.S.-led war and its aftermath have altered the lives of ordinary Iraqis. The view from his dusty taxi is a vibrant testament to the difference a year can make in an American experiment to create a democracy.
March 21, 1990 |
Philadelphia taxi drivers would speak English, know how to get to such landmarks as the Betsy Ross House, and operate clean, safe cabs under legislation headed for Gov. Casey's desk. The state Senate yesterday voted 47-2 to clean up and regulate Philadelphia cabs and impound "gypsy" or unlicensed cabs. The measure will get "decrepit, old, dirty-looking cabs" off the streets, said Sen. Frank Salvatore, R-Phila., the bill's sponsor. It also would require drivers to be fluent in English and know all local landmarks.
March 11, 2015 |
After failing to sell any taxi medallions for new wheelchair-accessible cabs, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will slash the starting bid price to $50,000. The authority first put the new medallions up for auction at $475,000 last October, then cut the price to $350,000 in January, without attracting any buyers. The new weekly auctions will start May 6, PPA general counsel Dennis Weldon said Monday. The price for regular taxi medallions has slipped from about $500,000 to $400,000 in recent months, amid market uncertainty and the arrival of ride-share operators such as Uber and Lyft.
March 24, 2011 |
Police are looking for the driver of a blue and white taxi cab that struck a man crossing Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond early Thursday and fled after stopping briefly. The injured 26-year-old man was reported in stable condition Thursday afternoon at Temple University Hospital. Police said he was crossing Aramingo Avenue in the middle of the 3300 block shortly after midnight when he was hit by the northbound cab. The taxi stopped briefly and then drove off northbound on the avenue, police said.