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Hack Job III: Ways to defeat the off-duty, “Where you going?” scam

Posted at 10:41 PM, Feb 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-20 22:41:22-05

(New York, NY) Since PIX11 found countless examples of the off-duty “where you going?” scam during its year-long examination of cab drivers who abuse, Part III of Hack Job focuses on information New Yorkers should know. It comes in four parts.

[I] The Rule: cab drivers during changeover or shift-change are allowed a “going my way” option – to ask passengers for example “I’m going to [location] to changeover my cab, if you’re going that way I’ll take you.” But according to the TLC, it is illegal for them to ask you “where are you going?” first. It implies they are picking their passengers and not truly on-duty.

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But according to the TLC, it is illegal for them to ask you “where are you going?” first. It implies they are picking their passengers and not truly on-duty.

[2] Take Action: if you believe a cab driver who turns you down was not actually off-duty, get the medallion number, call 3-1-1 and file a complaint. The TLC has beefed up its staff in recent years to handle such complaints. Those who file the complaint can testify by phone – a process that can take less than 5 to 10 minutes.

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Take Action: if you believe a cab driver who turns you down was not actually off-duty, get the medallion number, call 3-1-1 and file a complaint.

[3] App-bout Time: the TLC is looking to allow livery hailing-apps (Uber, Hailo) to include taxis. The livery industry has gone to court to stop the move, fearing it will take income away from livery drivers. The issue may be decided in court in the coming weeks.

Taxi Cab Fight

The TLC will increase the login time for the driver so the light will be harder to manipulate for the purposes of the current “where you going?” game.

[4] New Lights, Less Confusion? By May all cabs will convert into a new light system without the off-duty option. The light above a taxi will either be on, indicating on-duty, or off. The TLC will increase the login time for the driver so the light will be harder to manipulate for the purposes of the current “where you going?” game.