Alex Massie

Ask not what you owe your passenger but what the city owes you...

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TAPPED's Dana Goldstein blogs about today's striking New York cabbies. They're not happy that they're being required to purchase "Passenger Information Monitors" - ie maps and GPS devices - that will make it more difficult for them to rip-off passengers. Goldstein thinks this a good idea but, standing shoulder to shoulder with the oppressed working class, then argues that the cabbies have a point after all:

"...it should be the city's responsibility to provide the needed infrastructure."

Does this mean Ms Goldstein thinks the city - ie, the taxpayer - should also purchase new cabs for drivers as and when their old ones fail their road test? Presumably so.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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