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DC traffic was a shitstorm yesterday, as taxi drivers protested along the streets.

What were they protesting?  Apparently DC taxi drivers are in their feelings over companies like Uber and Lyft taking over their territory.

Well guess what? Tough titty!

Here’s the thing with DC taxi drivers. They’re racist as fuck. Yeah, I said it. And guess what? The majority of them are black! By black, I mean they’re from African countries like Ethiopia and Somalia.  Do you know how many times I’ve stood and flagged down a taxi, only for them the drive by and pick up the white person in front on me? Well I’ve lost track.  Want to know how many times I’ve attempted to use a credit card machine only to be told it wasn’t working, because DC taxi drivers hate taking credit cards? Well, I’ve lost track with that one too.


Thank god for companies like Uber and Lyft coming in and providing a quality service so I don’t have to get passed over by someone with the same skin color I have.

From The Washington Post:

Authorities said Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest opened in both directions around 1 p.m. The roadway had been closed from 15th to 9th streets Northwest because of the protest. The street closure caused other delays in the downtown area. Ironically, because of the protest, some people reported difficulty hailing cabs.

The drivers are members of the Teamster-affiliated D.C. Taxi Operators Association and the target of their protest is digital dispatched ride-sharing services such as Lyft, UberX and Sidecar, where regular people give rides to others using their private vehicles. The cab drivers have been at odds with the new services saying they have an unfair advantage over regular cabs since they don’t have to follow the same rules and pay the same fees.

Organizers said they planned to deliver a letter and petition to city officials asking them to impose a “cease and desist” order on the services.

Services such as Uber and Lyft have become popular alternatives for people looking for a ride, but such services have faced opposition from the taxi cab industry as well as some state officials. Virginia recently issued a cease-and-desist order to Lyft and Uber, barring the services from giving rides in the state (trips that originate in D.C. and Maryland, however are permitted). The app-based ride-sharing services have received a warmer reception from the D.C. Council where a bill currently under consideration  would allow such services to operate in the District as long as they meet certain insurance requirements and follow safety rules.  A separate set of proposed regulations by the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission, however, would place limits on the number of hours drivers for these services could operate unless they have a taxi license.

 Until DC taxi drivers improve their service and shitty attitudes, Uber and Lyft for life! If you can’t or refuse to do your job properly, someone else will come in and do it for you.
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  • Cyndi

    One of the solutions that seems to make sense has not been suggested here: start your own cab service and hire African-American cab drivers, African cab drivers and West Indian cab drivers who have been trained and taught about proper customer service. Instead of running to a white-owned business, why not think about doing that? Since the other option of calling local meetings might take more time as these are working cab drivers who may not have the luxury to take the time to meet and discuss these issues. However, I have organized (even with a full-time very demanding career) many townhall type of community events to get people to achieve a certain goal. I know it can be done easily but if that sounds like too much work then think about taking a loan or starting a cab service with a few cars and train them to be the drivers you want. There are options than running to white-run businesses for better treatment (eventually you won’t get it, btw).

  • Teresa Rudolph

    Racism isn’t the only problem with taxi service. Whites are often mistreated, and sometimes verbally abused too. I’m white, and I was verbally abused by a taxi driver (who happened to be black) a few days ago. So it’s not always about race (though that driver may have had a problem with white women, I don’t know). Some drivers are just all-around jerks to all their customers, no matter what their race. And some are misogynistic pigs too.