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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Taxi and Limousine Commission is retraining its 47,000 yellow-taxi drivers--and now requiring training for the city's 53,000 limo, black car and livery drivers. This description in the Post focuses on the effort to make sure drivers know how to use new high-tech features in taxis, but does say that drivers will be tested on "consumer interaction." See the story.

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Anonymous Jean said...

I took a taxi 2 days ago from Penn Station in NYC, didn't want to wait for an accessible one because I had my fold-up manual chair and I was in a rush to get home. I was shocked that there was no line of people waiting for a cab. I was the only customer.

At first the driver asked me about my travel chair, thought it was better than the other kinds he sees, but I explained that I cannot use my manual chair for everyday use because I get too tired, the sidewalks and streets are too messed up, and my chair is too fragile. I told him that my everyday motorized chair weighs 300pounds and does not fold up.

After that taxi driver tried to convince me that I should read the Koran and become a Muslim but he took me where I wanted to go without a complaint and when you live in Brooklyn, that's a plus. It wasn't that long ago that cabbies would not always take people to Brooklyn.

Maybe a little mention in taxi class about religious tolerance and keeping religion to oneself should be in the curriculum.

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