Every few days I pick up some crackhead looking person at TIA and take them to 2727 W MLK Blvd. They have no luggage, from Ohio, and their teeth look like the smoke meth. There must be a doctor in there that is writing scripts on the side. Plus, these assholes never tip. The Tampa police should do an investigation.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
|The man on the left does not hide his support for the 1%|
1. Sacramento, CAhttp://www.whosdrivingyou.org/1/post/2014/04/bad-day-for-uber-and-lyft.html
California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a press release today announcing his recommendations for requiring transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to provide commercial insurance in order to ensure protection for passengers, drivers and pedestrians. According to Jones, TNCs should bear the insurance burden when they encourage non-professional drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for profit.
2. Houston, TX
Taxicab and limousine companies in Houston have filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Uber and Lyft. This type of civil lawsuit refers to the ongoing and intentional criminal practices of a party. Houston taxicab and limousine companies say Uber and Lyft are operating as for-hire vehicles without proper licenses, fee payment or insurance, and are not meeting the obligations of for-hire vehicles in Houston. They are seeking an injunction to stop the companies from operation.
3. Columbus, OH
The City of Columbus filed a lawsuit that seeks to bar uberX from operation. The lawsuit states that the public is at risk because the city is both unable to verify drivers’ backgrounds and conduct vehicle inspections. Officials have said that charging for uberX rides is illegal because their drivers are acting as unlicensed vehicles for hire, which in Columbus is considered a misdemeanor. In the meantime, the Columbus attorney’s office is requesting a temporary restraining order that will prevent uberX from operating until a judge can decide whether to grant the permanent order.
Of course, both companies are armed with war chests of hundreds of millions in venture capital funds--plenty to fund high-powered lawyers and lobbyists. They will undoubtedly fight these lawsuits tooth and nail. We’ll keep you posted.
This is what Bob Buckhorn says about illegal and unlicensed businesses that want to operate in Tampa:
"That's the kind of environment were trying to create here," said Tampa Mayor bob Buckhorn, who counts himself a supporter of new projects such as Lyft and Uber. A major city needs to innovate and attract young, digitally savvy people who want to change society, he said. "This is how the next generation wants to live, and we need to accommodate that and encourage that type of innovation and not be held hostage to the special interest that dominated and controlled the PTC for decades." Tampa Tribune April 5, 2014The next generation wants to break the law!? What! That's the kind of environment were trying to create!? What! You should be removed from office right now for advocating illegal activity in the very city you took an oath to protect. What we need Mr. Buckhorn is to accommodate law abiding transportation services. That can only be done by a regulatory agency. Hows that for a liberal concept. How can this man continue to call himself a democrat? Just asking.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
|The Hyde Park taxi stand|
|A wading bird|
|You can see the "Obamaville" thru the fence line|
|You can see the discarded furniture that makes up this camp|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This is not the time for taxi companies to offer complimentary cab service in the vital downtown Tampa and So Ho areas. Most taxi drivers are broke and struggling in this economy. We cannot offer free rides. It would not be practical and we are regulated in this part of town at $3 a head from 2 to 4 riders. I guess Minartti (the owner of Yellow cab) got Keven White to let him do this for a kick back. White is a very corrupt County Commissioner and he should be voted out of office. Oh, he likes mixed-race ass by the way.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|A lyft car at the Iconic sign on Florida ave downtown Tampa|
Monday, April 21, 2014
|(This was posted some years ago. Richard left cab driving when he ran a red light and hit another car. Richard was alright - just the video went viral, and was seen on Fox, CNN, MSMBC. Bad day for Richard.)|
This may be one of the few pictures Richard. He has been a United Cab driver in Tampa for almost twenty years.
Richard is very educated and once was a teacher. But like many, he became marginalized by society, and started driving a taxi.
He is from Wisconson and not seen his family in years (like me).
People just really don't want to have much to do with you when just drive a hack.
Anyway, this image is one of the only ones of him.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I saw this taxi crossing the Courtney Cambell Causeway today. I think its a 1957 Chevy. I think. They have a website and they are out of Saint Petersburg. Fist time I saw one of these. I guess they are just another operation that is flirting the Tampa Bay transportation market.
Friday, April 18, 2014
While Rob Searcy was in the Florida state capital they played a clip of Ashton Kuthcer of all people. It seems he and the owners of Uber are very tight. This is what was said about that:
Ashton Kutcher made an unplanned cameo during a Florida Senate Transportation Committee meeting two weeks ago. Uber representatives presented a clip of theTwo and Half Men star and Uber investor on Jimmy Kimmel Live blasting Miami for not changing longstanding laws to accommodate the upstart car service.
"Basically, it's like mafioso, like village mentality of like we're not gonna let the new guy in," the actor said. "Like in Miami."
Diego Feliciano might be considered one of those mafiosi. Feliciano is the president of the South Florida Taxicab Association. A man who got his start more than 30 years ago as a cab driver, Feliciano says Uber seeks to skim the top off taxis' business while potentially threatening service to those who can't afford the app...Read More
More on this coming up.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TypePad now has a slick template with a slick mobile function. They sometimes are late to the rodeo, then, they score big. TampaTaxiHack.com is back. It is what I'm looking for and worth paying for. It does more then WordPress free version. Check it out. I am very happy with it.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tony came to Florida like many do in search of a better life. That was in the days when they said you got paid in sunshine. Hell, he had already been driving cab 15 years when I started in 1995. He worked the airport for ten years, then, became a night driver. No matter what he did, he could not get ahead.
I used to talk to Tony a lot and he expressed a desire to work in the hot rod industry. He was an expert of vintage cars. However, he could never get his finances right to move to California where the action was. Instead, he stayed in the cab until the day he died. Literally.
That is a fate that awaits many cab drivers who get into a since of denial about just how bad things are. I promised myself that I would never do that. Circumstances out of my control since 2007 have given me no choice. I am ready now. I just hope they don't find me (or any other taxi driver) dead in a motel room. That is not the most dignified way to go. But it has happened to way to many drivers.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I had a ride today to the Bahia Beach Club on Ruskin beach. There is no more public beach. All of it is private land. You can see downtown St. Petersburg from the beach. I also found this partially built walk away right on the beach. A relic from the Great Recession.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Marco Rubio (U.S. Senate R Florida) says screw the cab industry in Florida and he is embracing Uber and Lyft
|This man has been bought off by venture capital and is as corrupt as the day is long|
That incident was the impetus for Rubio's Monday visit to Uber’s Washington headquarters, where he used the struggle of a growing and fashionable tech company to underscore his case concerning overburdensome regulations.
“We should never allow government power and government regulations to be used to protect an establishment incumbent industry at the expense of an innovative competitor,” he said. Operating in 37 U.S. cities, Uber is a transportation company that allows a customer to order a taxi, town car or SUV to a specific location with just a click of a phone app. All transactions are paperless and tips are included in the fee. The service quickly gained popularity in Washington due to frustration with the lack of available cabs in certain parts of the city and the inability to pay with credit or debit cards."
NOTE: Rubio is wrong because Uber and lift services DO NOT serve the BLACK and poor SPANISH areas (He betrays his own people). Poor people don't have credit cards Rubio. They rely on free money orders from Amscot to pay their bills. Regulatory agencies PROTECT THE POPULATION FROM CRIMINAL DRIVERS. It is a public safety issue. All taxi and limo drivers in Tampa must be cleared by an FBI background check. Your method gets around that. Would you want your wife picked up by a Rapist?
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Collin of LYFT is providing an illegal service. Is that the type of operation you want to do business with? This man is a criminal and the HCPTC needs to take care of him.
I would not be surprised if this guy ends up in the bottom of a pond (because of bad driving). These assholes will only work prime areas, airport, downtown, Hyde Park, and do not service the general community. They have not been screened by law enforcement and are a threat to the Tampa Bay area
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You can't pass the buck when you are dealing with people's lives. I have a perfect driving record and I have been with this company for nineteen years. They all of a sudden have no copy of my drivers license?
When I was a kid I saw a song by Roy Clark on Hee Haw called "right or left on oak street." My father said it was about desertion. A man does consider what direction he should take. It seems appropriate tonight.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
|All that glitters is not gold|
|You Can see them coming|
Friday, April 4, 2014
The shop has been dicking around with cab 363 since Monday. That was supposed to be my new cab but they could not get it running. Paul was good about it and has now put me out in a lower mileage unit. He was checking me out and let me know how excited he was about the shop problems. The newer car is sweet and I hope to have a good weekend.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Yesterday was just one of those days. I put a ton of miles on the cab and it was all working mileage. You know those days when everyone you pick up is going somewhere. I wish every day could be like that but its not the norm. Today, I'm sure it will be grocery stores, laundry mats, and runners.
Rays did win opening day. I had a hot dog and enjoyed the moment.