The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission announced Friday that it plans to take away the licenses of 633 cab drivers, who are accused of overcharging passengers over the past two years.
The commission had initially accused 35,558 cabbies of illegally charging a rider at least once. However, new figures released on Friday showed that 21,819 drivers overcharged passengers a total of 286,000 times. Of those drivers, 13,315 ripped-off passengers once or twice, according to the TLC.
The new findings showed that most of the scamming came from a group of 633 cabbies -- who are said to have overcharged riders 50 or more times. The TLC is in the process of revoking the licenses of those drivers.
David Yassky, Chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, says that New Yorkers should now feel comfortable that they can get into a cab and know that "they’re going to be charged the proper amount."
Executive Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bhairavi Desai, says the original numbers were inflated and that the comparatively small number of cabbies now accused of wrongdoing shows most cab drivers are honest and hard working.