City Paper is not for tourists
City Paper alum Mike DeBonis has some suggested New Year’s resolutions for local newsmakers at the Post. Worth noting is the one for the city’s cab drivers, since fare increases and taxi modernization are sure to get quite a bit of ink next year:
City taxi drivers: Hire an accountant. A new taxicab industry reform proposal backed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray offers lots for cab riders but also an innovation cabdrivers would rather do without: Real-time tracking of trips and fares sent directly from cabs to the D.C. Taxicab Commission, which would replace the current system of paper-based, easily doctored manifests. D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) argues that the new system will make it more convenient for drivers, who would no longer have to maintain paper records, and for riders, who would see service patterns improve based on the data collected. But if the data make their way to government revenue collectors, drivers can expect a whole lot more attention from the tax man in the years to come.
Do you have resolutions for this year’s notable Washingtonians?
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