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NYC Black Car Driver Who Killed Self Blamed Rulemakers

Posted on February 7, 2018
(photo: Black Car News)
(photo: Black Car News)

NEW YORK — A livery cab drivers’ group held a vigil Tuesday after a driver committed suicide outside City Hall a day earlier.

On Monday, Douglas Schifter, 62, shot and killed himself while in a car near the east gate of City Hall Park, according to police sources and the Independent Drivers Guild.

CBS New York article here

Schifter was also a columnist for Black Car News, a trade newspaper for New York City's livery industry, where he wrote "The Driver's Seat." Publisher Neil Weiss told LCT Schifter was a very successful driver for 40 years and had grown distraught over how transportation network companies (TNCs) and city regulatory disparities were hurting him financially.

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Related Topics: black car market, death, driver behavior, New York operators, New York Taxi & Limousine Commission, regulatory enforcement, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 5 )
  • Ali Mohammedi

     | about 7 months ago

    Poor guy had to take his own life, RIP. Many of us feel what he was going through, still struggling with the unfair competition (if you can even call it that)

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