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August 29, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 22, 1988 | By LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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September 22, 1989 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 9, 1989 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 10, 1987 | By JACK McGUIRE, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 29, 2003 | By Hannah Allam INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
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.
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March 21, 1990 | By John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Darryl Lynette Figueroa contributed to this report
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.
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March 11, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 24, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
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.
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August 22, 2016 | Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
When Bosun Odeniyi bought a taxi certificate in 1990, it meant freedom. Freedom from waiting for hours at the garage to pick up a car, from the ever-present leasing fees, and from not knowing whether a cab would even be available to drive. In 2016, the taxi certificate - now called a medallion - is certified dead weight. The medallion was long considered an ironclad investment, hitting its peak price at $545,000 in July 2014. But UberX came to Philadelphia in October of that year, sending a chill through the industry even before it arrived.
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August 14, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
Conflict between two prominent Philadelphia taxi medallion owners has caused more than 100 drivers to go without work for weeks - some for months - according to drivers' accounts. Evgeny Freidman and Everett Abitbol own Freedom Taxi Association L.L.C., but a pending lawsuit seeks to change that. In a complaint filed in Common Pleas Court in April, Abitbol asked to dissolve the company, and accused him of removing business funds to pay personal debts and setting up ghost accounts to send money to family members, among other claims.
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July 27, 2016
About 11 p.m. Monday, around 25 taxi drivers, Uber Black drivers and accessibility advocates put up a picket line around the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City where Uber was throwing a party for Pennsylvania delegates. In the end the delegates did not honor the picket line, and the party went on as planned. The protesters, who make up the Fair Ride Philly Coalition, were expressing their discontent with the city's handling and regulation of the ride service. While hors d'oeuvres and beverages were passed around inside, on the street the protesters were shouting "$70 billion app, drivers get table scraps," "1-2-3-4 Uber keeps its drivers poor!
TRAVEL
April 18, 2016
Travel books often devote a whole section to how to avoid getting ripped off by taxi drivers when venturing overseas. We feel the opposite; we consider taxi drivers great sources of local information, particularly for food tips. On the ride in from the airport, two questions we'll often ask are, "What's a local food we should try?" And, "What's your favorite place for it?" Perhaps because they have so much downtime between fares, taxi drivers are local food experts. They were "foodies" before the term became popular.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
A federal judge has allowed Philadelphia taxi companies' unfair-competition lawsuit against Uber to move forward. U.S. District Judge Nitza I. QuiƱones Alejandro denied Uber's motion to dismiss the cab companies' false-representation claim filed by Checker Cab Philadelphia. The judge dismissed the plaintiffs' false-advertising claim and contention that Uber violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. She also dismissed a claim that Google, as an investor in Uber, conspired with the ride-sharing company.
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February 13, 2016 | RealTime Desk
Taxi drivers staged another demonstration in Center City on Thursday, protesting the presence of the Uber and Lyft car services in Philadelphia. Using their cars and bodies, drivers blocked traffic at 15th and Market Streets on the west side of City Hall. The protest brought cars to a standstill for more than an hour. Authorities were trying to get traffic moving again mid-afternoon. Some drivers staged a sit-in in middle of the intersection in an apparent attempt to get arrested, though police said no one had been taken into custody.
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February 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A cab driver was shot and injured in South Philadelphia early Saturday morning during an attempted robbery by three passengers who had flagged him down, authorities said. Police said the 38-year-old male driver from the 215-Get-A-Cab company is in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. It was about 3:30 a.m. when the driver picked up the three passengers - two men and a woman - at Broad and Wharton Streets in front of the LukOil gas station. They told him to drive to 28th and Tasker Streets, as one man sat in front, while the other two passengers sat in the back, police said.
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January 29, 2016 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority officials have publicly portrayed themselves as unbiased enforcers in the war between the flailing taxi industry and insurgent ride-sharing companies like UberX and Lyft. You might have heard their standard line: PPA is simply enforcing state law by cracking down on transportation network services, which use mobile apps to connect drivers and riders but are not licensed to operate within city limits. But emails obtained by the Daily News show that the parking authority has teamed with the taxi industry that it regulates in an effort to ensure that ride-sharing services remain illegal in Philadelphia.
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January 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITERS
A small Philadelphia taxi company has filed a lawsuit claiming that Uber is trying to destroy the taxicab business. Coachtrans contends in federal court that its business has evaporated because of San Francisco's Uber Technologies Inc., particularly the company's lower-cost UberX service. UberX drivers use their personal autos to transport people who order rides through the company's app. In the suit, filed Friday, Coachtrans owners Boris and Alla Kautsky alleged that Uber's actions had caused their three taxicab medallions to plummet in value, ruining their retirement plans.
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January 13, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Police are seeking the public's help to identify suspects who shot a paintball gun at a taxi driver in Center City last month, resulting in the driver losing permanent sight in his right eye. Arshad Khan, 38, of Chester County, has been unable to work since the attack Dec. 19 on 16th Street at Market Street, said his attorney Jordan Schlossberg. Khan had pulled up to a red light at Market in the northbound lanes of 16th at 12:37 a.m. with a fare in the backseat when he heard a bang and saw the splash of paint on the left side of his cab. He rolled down his window and someone in a black sports-utility vehicle to the left of the cab fired the shot that hit Khan in the eye. Khan, who is married with two daughters, including a 9-month-old, was hospitalized at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious but stable condition.
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