On the day after writing the previous post, I emailed the Chairperson of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, David Yassky. He had made statements recently about changing the programming of the TV in the back of the cabs, and I wanted to make a few points to him before his decision was final. The text of the email was :
I’ve driven a cab for 30 years and no stress or headache of the job has equaled the stress and headaches caused by the Taxi TV.
Now there is talk of a “change.”
With regard to the audio, I would like to recommend it be discontinued entirely. Opt in or opt out, it is a distraction that precludes my doing my job safely or carefully.
It has caused me lost revenues, depression, and — last year — a serious accident.
Available to a drunk or hostile passenger, it is an instrument of torture.
After transporting 200,000 or more passengers effectively and well, I do not deserve this insult.
(And — so far as the video goes — a majority of woman passengers claim that it makes them car sick, and about a third of men say the same.)
Please discontinue this curse — if not entirely, then at least the audio.
Now I will wait to see if an acknowledgement comes to me via email, as is promised on the website of the TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission). As with all matters dealing with this body — the TLC, that is — a certain amount of resistance is to be expected. We shall see if this rule applies in this case.
As to why it was necessary for me to write and send this mail, a later post will explain …
NOTE : As of January 20th, 2013, fully half a year after emailing the text above to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, I have yet to receive the acknowledgement their web site promises for those who email them.