driver dead, firefighters injured in Coolbaugh
Pocono Record - (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)
By Christina Tatu
For the Pocono Record
May 20, 2013
A Pocono Cab Company driver was killed Sunday afternoon on
Route 196 in Coolbaugh Township after losing control of
his taxi and drifting into the path of an oncoming
Coolbaugh Township fire police van.
Four Coolbaugh Township volunteer firefighters in the van
were taken to area hospitals.
As of Sunday evening, two of the firefighters had been
released from the hospital, but two were still in the
intensive care unit of Geisinger-Community Medical Center,
said Coolbaugh Township Chief Bill Weimer.
The taxi cab driver, Michael West, 55, of Stroudsburg, was
pronounced dead at the scene at 12:12 p.m., said Monroe
County Coroner Bob Allen.
There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the
crash, Allen said.
The crash was first reported at 11:17 a.m., about 600 feet
from the main entrance to A Pocono Country Place, in the
southbound lane of Route 196, Allen said.
West was traveling in the northbound lane when he lost
control of his vehicle, sliding sideways into the
southbound lane of the oncoming fire police van, which
then hit the cab in the center of its passenger side,
The fire police were not at fault. - more....
executive taken into custody at Colo. gun show on
cabbie terror tip
Examiner - (Internet)
May 19, 2013
By: David Codrea
Daniele Perazzi, president of the Italian Perazzi Shotguns
firm, was taken into custody yesterday by Adams County
Deputies [see update, below] along with several prototype
shotguns. The executive was picked up in the parking lot
of the Denver Merchandise Mart, hosting the high-end
Colorado Gun Collectors show this weekend, after a taxi
driver, likely reacting to a suspicious activity reporting
outreach program conducted by law enforcement, told
authorities he thought he could be transporting an armed
“foreign speaking” terror suspect.
“He loaded prototype shotguns into the cab on the way to
the Merchandise Mart,” gun rights activist and
newly-elected National Rifle Association Director Steve
Schreiner, who is attending the event this weekend, told
Gun Rights Examiner this morning. “The cab driver notified
law enforcement he suspected he had a terrorist in his
cab, and they were waiting to intercept him, evidently
oblivious to the fact that he was arriving at a
highly-publicized area gun show.
“He has two lawyers, Schreiner continued, “one of whom
went to the police station, and convinced the police that
the owner of one of the most expensive shotgun companies
in the world was not a terrorist.
Perazzi was released a short time later and his prototype
shotguns were returned to him, but reports have emerged
that he was ordered by law enforcement to leave the state
by nightfall, and sources tell Gun Rights Examiner he has
gone one step further and left the country. He is expected
to be returning soon with an eye toward filing legal
action. - more....
cab company in disguise
The Baltimore Sun - (Baltimore, Maryland)
11:15 a.m. EDT, May 20, 2013
While what Uber Technologies says is essentially true that
they own no vehicles and do not have drivers, they are
clearly providing transportation through their app ("PSC
to decide if Uber must comply with taxi rules," May 16).
Any driver who owns a car can sign up with Uber, and Uber
will refer people requesting transportation to them. It is
essentially the same as picking up the phone and calling a
taxicab. The real issue is the safety of the riding
A taxicab in Baltimore must meet a number of stringent
rules and regulations. The Maryland Public Service
Commission requires that the vehicles be inspected on a
regular basis both by the commission and by a Maryland
State Vehicle Inspection facility. The vehicles are
limited in the age they may be when placed in service as a
taxicab and by the length of time they may be kept in
service. The insurance requirements are far more stringent
and the limits far higher than those of a passenger car
and are strictly enforced by the PSC. - more....
wars threaten to reignite over new regulations
The Washington Post - (Washington, D.C.)
By Mike DeBonis, Published: May 17, 2013 at 10:59
Six months after city officials and Uber settled conflicts
over regulation of the app-based transportation service
and jointly declared peace in our time, conflict again
threatens to erupt — this time, over new sets of
regulations being considered by the D.C. Taxicab
Commission that Uber claims could severely impact its
Regulations passed last week by the commission — the same
one requiring all city taxicabs to accept credit-card
payments — also include requirements that payments be
processed through “payment service providers” that are
integrated with the cab’s on-board meter system. That
requirement, Uber said in a May 3 letter to the
commission, “is not practical for a software-only company
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Thursday that the new rules,
“as far as we can tell, require us to shut down Uber Taxi”
— the part of the Uber app that hails a traditional taxi
cab rather than the luxury black cars the company is best
known for. The rules, he said, would require Uber to
associate with payment providers who are integrated with
the taxi hardware in order to maintain Uber’s model of
processing payments entirely via smartphone app.
And Kalanick says another set of regulations now in
development affects the sedan service in significant ways
— including a ban on cars weighing under 3,200 pounds,
which he says would encompass most “eco-friendly”
vehicles. Also troublesome, he says: a requirement that
companies would have to share ride data with the
commission for analysis and planning purposes, creating
what he feels is a “substantial privacy problem” for Uber
“Do you trust the D.C. Taxicab Commission with your
whereabouts?” he asked. - more....
closing in on taxi regulations
Florida Keys Keynoter - (Marathon, Florida)
By RYAN McCARTHY
Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:10 AM EDT
The Marathon City Council on Tuesday approved taxi
regulation that is less onerous than originally presented
and should help ensure cab customers are hitching rides
with reputable companies.
Outside of a select few, cab companies can be fly by night
in the Middle Keys. There are at least five companies in
Marathon at the moment: Island Taxi, On Time Taxi, Bob
Gnarley, Keyhopper and Taxi in the Tropics.
Last month, Councilwoman Ginger Snead raised the idea of
more regulation, to which fellow council members agreed.
But the initial startup cost and annual renew fee didn't
sit well with cab operators. Snead, along with City
Manager Roger Hernstadt, met with Keyhopper owner Patti
Haws and Island Taxi owner Sheila Wogan to go over
Snead suggested on Tuesday that the $500 initial
registration be lowered to $300, and a $250 annual renewal
fee be reduced to $100 twice per year.
In addition, a $50 fee per vehicle and driver after the
first driver was brought down to $5. At Tuesday's City
Council meeting, Haws said drivers and vehicles are
constantly in flux, which would require numerous changes
during the year. - more....
author brings life in a cab to life
Star-Herald - (Scottsbluff, Nebraska)
Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 10:40 am
By JANA KEHN Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Assistant
“Taxi!? Oh, Taxi!?”
“Hop in. My name is Murph and you are in for the ride of
That dramatization references a set of novels featuring a
Denver cab driver named Brendan Murphy, also known as
Written by Gary Reilly, the novels chronicle Murph’s
adventures as he shuffles people around Denver, becoming
confidante and problem solver to his fares.
Reilly wrote 11 Murph novels. Murph, like his creator, is
a frustrated novelist with a trunk full of manuscripts.
And Reilly, like his creation, once rode Denver’s streets
as a cabbie. The interesting thing about Reilly’s Murph
novels is that Reilly didn’t live to see them published.
In March 2011, at the age of 61, Gary lost his battle to
Two of Reilly’s friends, Mark Stevens and Mike Keefe,
forged ahead with plans to publish all 11 of the Murph
novels, with the third in the series debuting the end of
For their May meetings, The Literary Book Club and The
Brown Bag Book Club are discussing the first two novels in
the series. Book one, “The Asphalt Warrior,” introduces
readers to Murph and the Denver area he serves. - more....