Cabdrivers of Broward Unite; Behind the Fort Lauderdale Airport Protests

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John Camillo, president and CEO of Yellow Cab's parent B&L Service Inc., counters the claims about the DriveCam. He points out that the equipment is there to ensure the drivers are acting within the rules. Also, the cameras protect drivers. As proof, Camillo cites an incident involving a cabbie assaulted by a passenger. "I've had drivers thank me for putting them in the cars," he tells New Times.

On the airport fee issue, Camillo points out that the company is still cutting massive checks to the county for its share of the $3.50 pickup. "We don't make any money off the amount the airport charges," he says, adding that he's working with the county on issue. "I don't want to try this in the press. I am just going to say Yellow Cab is entirely cognizant of the issue and is working hard on behalf of its drivers and the industry."

As for Jean-Charles, he's facing charges of obstructing justice without violence. At first, it looked like he might lose his Yellow Cab gig, but now he's back on the job. As for internal discipline, there's no sign what could be coming down the line. Regarding the main issues, drivers say they're still negotiating. More protests could be coming if they don't see some give from management. 


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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i would like jean-charles to tell us how cabs were suddenly available within minutes of a midnight during the black friday towing fiasco in sunrise a few years back and why cab drivers would NOT allow riders to "share" a $90 fixed fee ride to the towing lot

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

in reality yellow cab benefits from a disfunctional and useless public bus transportation system, BROWARD COUNTY TRANSIT, which is completely unable to offer an alternative from the airport, and to the extent yellow cab has any hand in that result, with obvious necessary participation from the county leadership themselves, would be the real story here

in the old dayz it worked to take full advantage of our visitors, who were here to spend money anyway, so broward county also had its hand out, but today the amounts are just too large and all the sharks want to be fed, unfortunately any of us who live here year-round get the same treatment

it seems here the cab drivers and operator and the county all want MORE than is on the table

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

in reality the cameras are on board to MONITOR off-meter fares, whereby the driver takes passengers for a fixed fee, which they pocket without record, cash only, of course

in reality the county fee is extortion which is why the monopolistic practice of the cab company to continue to pay this vig is entirely a game to screw the tourists, and is why no one wants to debate it in public, as, according to the players, it doesn't concern the public..........only those directly involved

once the disinfectant of sunshine is applied here we will see exposed what this driver, and most other drivers, are really pointing us, the public, to become aware of

 the GOLDEN GOOSE is on the chopping block

gjeff166
gjeff166

Better yet, throw the Gaddis's and about 30 of the drivers in to a small locked room and let them negotiate...

gjeff166
gjeff166

tie their income rate to their ability to speak English...

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