Mayor to crack down on cabbies who refuse outer-borough passengers

THE BRONX - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants to crack down on yellow taxi drivers who do not play by the rules.

The mayor has proposed increasing the fines for cab drivers who refuse to take a passenger based on their requested location.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission says complaints of yellow cab drivers refusing to drive passengers based on their destinations jumped nearly 40 percent from the last half of 2009 to the last half of 2010.

A first-time offense currently carries a fine of $200 - $350, but Bloomberg wants to increase that to $500.

A second offense, which is $350 - $500 right now, would be raised to $750 and a 30-day suspension if it is within 24 months of the first offense.

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