New York City Taxis Being Equipped with Warning System After Meter Scam


nyc-cabsNew York City taxis are being equipped with a warning system that lets passengers know the driver has activated a higher rate. The Taxi and Limousine Commission announced the changes today after recently discovering thousands of drivers illegally charging the wrong rate.

Cabbies were secretly using a rate designated for trips to the suburbs. It is double the city-limits rate.

The TLC said it found at least 1.8 million riders were illegally charged over the past two years.

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Officials say more than 5,100 taxicabs now have the warning on the screen in the backseat. The rest of the 13,200-vehicle fleet will get it over the next several days.

The warning also tells passengers to report their driver if the higher rate has been activated inside city limits.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}