Friday, February 24, 2012
Illegal cabs take tourists for a ride
From CBS 2:
CBS 2 sent an employee into Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday with a small camera. Seasoned travelers said they are hustled by illegal livery drivers quite frequently.
“You always see them waiting for people to come out — people who don’t speak English that they can con,” Jeannie Stiles said.
Tuesday night, 37-year-old livery driver Bhupinder Singh offered a family a ride, which was illegal. Not knowing, they got in.
Right after the car pulled away, Port Authority officers in an unmarked car tried to pull it over.
Police had been watching Singh, who had been busted five times at JFK. When police tried to stop him, Singh allegedly trapped the family in the car. With police in pursuit, 17-year-old Aldo Sosa, who was in the front seat, grabbed the steering wheel and the car eventually crashed into a guard rail.
Once the car crashed, Singh was arrested. However, the question remains: Why isn’t there more enforcement against such drivers?