NYC Cabs SYSTEMATICALLY Gouged Riders for MILLIONS

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What a surprise - NOT ;-) !!! If you've ever felt you were being ripped off in a New York City cab ride, YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT ... "The drivers’ scheme, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said, involved 1.8 million rides and cost passengers an average of $4 to $5 extra per trip.

What a surprise - NOT ;-) !!! If you've ever felt you were being ripped off in a New York City cab ride, YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT ... "The drivers’ scheme, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said, involved 1.8 million rides and cost passengers an average of $4 to $5 extra per trip. The drivers, officials said, flipped switches on their meters that kicked in the higher rates, costing New York City riders a total of $8.3 million ...The commission said it began an inquiry after investigators, responding to rider’s complaint, determined a cab driver from Brooklyn, Wasim Khalid Cheema, had overcharged 574 passengers in just one month last year. Mr. Cheema’s license has been revoked. He could not be reached for comment. The commission thenused GPS data, collected in every cab, to review millions of trips in New York City & found huge number in which out-of-city rates had improperly been charged, officials said. Investigators determined 36,000 drivers improperly activated higher rate at least once, & ~ 3,000 drivers did it > 100 times. The higher rate, reserved for rides in Nassau & Westchester Counties, is 80 cents per 1/5 mile — twice the rate charged for rides in five boroughs. As described by officials, the fraud might rank as the biggest in the taxi industry’s history" which is saying something ;-)