Apparently so, according to a staff report (PDF, 151K) prepared for the Private for-Hire Transportation Board and City Council.
But as that report, and the accompanying recommendations for industry reform document (PDF, 39K), indicate being a taxi driver is apparently only one step up from indentured servitude. Among the challenges for drivers:
- Drivers are treated as independent contractors rather than employees
- Cab companies charge an exorbitant series of fees to drivers beyond the use of the vehicle
- Hotel and restaurant valets demand to be paid by drivers for fares
- A loophole in insurance regulation means that drivers don’t have medical coverage if injured in a crash
It sounds like change may be in the wind…