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New York Yellow Cabs

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For those of you who haven't visited NY before BEWARE of the yellow cabs unless you have the precise postal address of any destination they will take you anywhere but direct. On our recent visit Sept a cab picked up at the port didn't even know the One World Observatory $30 dollars later we eventually arrived. Plus he was driving with a mobile in one hand and the other scrolling through his sat Nav and this time we did have the full address but he still didn't know where it was. Of course we told him to stop driving, he was steering with his elbows at this time. On our return to the ship we got another cab this time he started taking us in the opposite direction away from Brooklyn Bridge, he spoke very little English as in the first cab, he eventually said he stopped the meter which was untrue and suddenly stopped and told us to get out .... Fare $37 we refused only giving him $20. Fortunately a kind soul at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, this is where he dumped us, printed off the full and complete address for the port and berth, hailing other cab gave the driver the address but was told to get out as he was going to the Bronx. Hailing yet another cab fortunately this guy spoke English he told so it was illegal once your cab is showing for hire to refuse a fare. He reckoned the guy didn't want to pay the $8 dollar return toll over the Bridge. This isn't the first time of being over charged in NY with yellow cabs or indeed the drivers not k owing the city. Just beware.

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I'm sorry you were unlucky with your taxi drivers. I went to New York last November, used maybe 4-5 taxi rides a day and had no issues at all with yellow cabs. Infact I wouldn't warn people off them as if they use private companies, such as Uber, they are often not properly licensed!

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