New York City’s 12,779 yellow medallion taxicabs comprise a $1.8 billion industry serving about 240 million passengers a year. Taxis are a vital part of New York City’s transportation network, transporting 25% of all fare-paying bus, subway, taxi and for hire vehicle passengers traveling within Manhattan and collecting 45% of fares paid for these trips. Cabs are also the primary ground carrier between Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport and provide a substantial number of trips to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport. About 660,000 New Yorkers per day put their lives in the hands of taxi drivers, relying on these drivers to get them where they need to go safely. Getting into an accident while riding in a taxi cab can be a traumatizing or catastrophic event.
In 2005 there were 17,350 customer complaints against taxi drivers. Of those complaints, 9,074 were due to traffic violations, which is up 35% from 2004. Medallion taxicabs were involved in 4,270 crashes (accidents) reported to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in 1999. 3,041 of these crashes involved personal injury and 10 involved a fatality. In addition to accidents with other vehicles, in 1999 taxicabs injured 538 and killed 4 pedestrians and also injured 282 bicyclists.
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