Even after passing new rules regarding taxis in Jersey City, JC residents and officials are still having big problems getting cab drivers to follow them at Journal Square.
Last August City Council passed new laws forbidding such practices as filling up taxis with multiple passengers going to different places. They're still doing it. Cab drivers turn down passengers wanting to go only a few blocks. They're also ripping off senior citizens by not offering the senior discount which they should be doing. There is even a report of a cabbie assaulting a passenger. Nice.
It's gotten so bad at least one resident is calling for a boycott. Jersey City's Director of the Division of Commerce Paul Barna says the problem is not imagined. Barna says since they began enforcing the new rules last year over 400 summonses have been handed out to offending drivers.
Good for you Mr. Barna, crack the whip. Keep the pressure on. There's zero excuse for actions like these drivers are trying to get away with. Sometimes a cab driver is the first impression of a city, especially possible in a spot as busy as Journal Square. We'd like our visitors and residents to see more Alex Riegers and less Louie DePalmas...