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PatchCast: Peekskill Taxi Drivers Fight Proposed Insurance Mandate; Pelham Schools Unveil Spending Proposal

A roundup of the region's major stories for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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michaelkane February 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I do not think 100000/300000 liability is to much in today's world. I know some who have that on their personal cars.
John Anderson February 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
No one talks actual numbers. Fleet operators would pay an additional $2,500- $3,000 per car per year, for an additional policy through American transit or Global on top of their regular policy which is probably $4,500 -$5,000 per car, for a total of (on the high side) $8,000. This increase would cost a fleet operator about $8 more per day, per car. New York city taxis pay about $10,000 per year. Owner operators (persons who drive and own the taxi) can get 100K/300K policy for about $3,500 per year through Novello. Middletown has the same type of law and there are more than enough taxis doing plenty of calls. I'm sure the average peekskill taxi does more than 8 local calls per day, so adding 50 cents to each call would help cover the increase, or perhaps making the $1 fee for each additional passenger $2. The drivers could also add a dollar or two to their out of town trips, peekskill does not regulate those calls. Peekskill also needs to make a "company" show proof of at least 10 cars operating within the company and a signed commercial property (office) lease, enough with these guys trying to dispatch from their cars on a cell phone, it's dangerous and inconvenient for customers. Pass the law Peekskill, they won't go out of business. As a mater of fact, it will get some people off the road who should not be operating a taxi to begin with. Would residents rather be underinsured and get a taxi in 5 minutes, or be insured and wait 15 minutes. I think the latter.
John Anderson February 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Also, if Peeksill does not do something AND a person is hurt in a taxi, they might be able to go after the City for not staying up to date with their laws and this much needed requirement.

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