San Diego Is Miles Behind on Taxi Safety Standards
A study last month called into question low wages and poor working conditions for taxicab drivers. But what about conditions for passengers? Should we feel safe in the cars we hire?
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A study last month called into question low wages and safety for taxi drivers. Mayor Bob Filner is now mulling an industry overhaul that would transfer management from the Metropolitan Transit System to the city.
When a San Francisco taxi hits 325,000 miles, it’s taken out of service. In San Jose, it’s 400,000 miles. Atlanta pulls cabs once they reach five years old. And in Seattle, taxis can’t be older than seven years.
Cities across the nation place limits on vehicle mileage and age to protect drivers and passengers. For taxis operating in the city of San Diego, no such caps exist.
“San Diego is, like, open, meaning that you’ll see that cars run about three, four, five [hundred thousand miles],” said Mikaiil Hussein, president of United Taxi Workers of San Diego. “I used to drive a 625,000-mile car, so safety conditions for the cars are very bad.”
Hussein said he was blacklisted as a driver after complaining to the Metropolitan Transit System about working conditions for drivers.
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