Taxi suicide rates may increase if congestion pricing is introduced
Taxi suicide rates may increase if congestion pricing is introduced.
Increased suicide rates amongst cab drivers has been an increasingly worrisome trend in the past few years in New York which needs to be tackled and reduced.
However, officials and taxi drivers alike, are concerned that the impending congestion pricing increase of $2.50 commencing in January 2019 could lead to further suicides.
Eight taxi drivers committed suicide in 2018 as a result mainly of business loss and declining medallion prices.
The government has instigated a new truncated congestion pricing plan which has put an additional surcharge for all taxi rides. This will lead to 75 cents for ride-shares, $2.50 for taxis and $2.75 for Lyft, Uber and other black cars. Furthermore, private vehicles may also become subject to these types of fees later in 2019 too.
Many taxi drivers are already sufferring due to increased competition and the 80 cent tax. Taxi drivers feel that this will not only lead to a further business income of upto $15000 per year but also additional suicides, unless they are given exemptions from congestion pricing. The Taxi Workers Alliance is supporting special exemption for yellow cabs,
The government is hoping to monitor and review the new surcharges and congestion pricing as it is implemented throughout 2019.