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Find out everything you ever wanted to know about New York taxis but were afraid to ask.

FIGURES & STATISTICS

In 1923 there were 16,000 taxicabs.

In 1933 there were 19,000 taxicabs in New York.

Today there are 12,187 taxicabs in New York.

In 1933 there were 75,000 taxicab drivers in New York.

Today there are approximately 40,000 taxi drivers in New York.

In 1913 a taxi ride was fixed at $.50 per mile.

In 1999 241 million passengers rode in New York taxicabs.

In March of 1934 2,000 striking taxi drivers seized Times Square.

The total of taxi fares paid in the year 2000 was over one billion dollars.

The average number of rides per 12 hour shift is 30.

The average fare is approximately $6.

The average number of miles driven per 12 hour shift is 180.

The total number of consumers complaints against yellow cab drivers in the year 2000 was approximately 13,000. (Given that over a million people ride a cab every day, the complaints are not a lot.)

TRIVIA

The taxicab gets its name from the 1891 invention of the taximeter, an instrument used to measure the distance and time a car has traveled.

The cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

Batteries for the first taxicabs weighed upwards of 800 pounds.

In 1899 taxi driver Jacob German was the first person to be arrested for speeding in New York.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs were painted yellow by order of the city.



CHECKER CABS

A Russian immigrant named Morris Markin founded the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in 1922.

During the 1920s there were more than 7000 Checker cabs in New York.

The last Checker cab in New York was retired on July 26, 1999.

Though used primarily in New York, Checker Cabs were made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

CABBIES

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York.

Percentage of people applying for taxicab licenses who were from Bangladesh, Pakistan or India in 1984: 10%

Percentage of people applying for taxicab licenses who were from Bangladesh, Pakistan or India in 1991: 43%

Percentage of American born applicants for taxicab licenses in 1984: 26%

Percentage of American born applicants for taxicab licenses in 1991: 10.5%

In the late 1960s more than 10% of taxicab drivers were women, now there are less than 1%.

In 1967 taxicabs began to install bullet-proof glass between the front and back seats of their taxis.


MONEY

The average weekly pay for a taxicab driver in 1929 was $26.

The average weekly pay for a taxicab driver in 1933 was $15.

In 1989 the cost of a taxi medallion was $136,000.

In 1979 taxicab drivers won the right to charge an extra $.50 for late-night fares (8pm-6am).

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using cell phones while operating their vehicles.

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