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Inside Story On NYC Livery Chauffeur Driven To Despair

Posted on May 16, 2018
Doug Schifter, 61, had pulled up to the east gate of City Hall in a black car on Feb. 5. Then, without so much as unbuckling his seat belt, he had parked, pointed a shotgun at his face, and pulled the trigger. He had driven taxis and black cars in New York City for over four decades, and starting in 2014, he had also written a column called “The Driver’s Seat” for Black Car News. (photo courtesy of Black Car News)

Doug Schifter, 61, had pulled up to the east gate of City Hall in a black car on Feb. 5. Then, without so much as unbuckling his seat belt, he had parked, pointed a shotgun at his face, and pulled the trigger. He had driven taxis and black cars in New York City for over four decades, and starting in 2014, he had also written a column called “The Driver’s Seat” for Black Car News. (photo courtesy of Black Car News)

On a Monday morning in early February, Neil Weiss sat at his kitchen table in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, nursing a cup of coffee while checking messages on his iPad.

A text had arrived at 5:25 a.m. “Making it count.”

Weiss — the 51-year-old owner and editor of Black Car News, a trade publication serving drivers of New York’s 84,000 “for hire” black cars — wasn’t sure what that meant.

New York Magazine article here

Related Topics: black car market, deaths, driver behavior, driver pay, New York operators, New York Taxi & Limousine Commission, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 1 )
  • Anthony

     | about 2 years ago

    Uber has been a complete failure.. Uber jets failed Uber china failed Uber lease failed Uber asia failed Uber south africa failing.. reduced rates 40% out of desperation Now we find out they legally hid the female paseengers that were raped by their drivers.. The dec 2017 british female embassy employee that was murdered by her uber driver with a long criminal history Now they are trying to trick the public with their jetsons taxi flying pod that would and will not be real for another 50 years.. Broward county fl officials changed their laws to allow uber and lyft to operate... With the n.t. settlement of fraud to their drivers.... that lawsuit should be in every state.. they have tampered with drivers scheduled fees and customers fees dont match!!!!! Failed business model that should be quickly shut down

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