Mayor cracking down on cabbies who refuse outer-borough passengers

BROOKLYN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to crack down on taxi drivers who do not play by the rules.

The mayor has proposed increasing the fines for cab drivers who refuse to take a passenger based on their requested location. Residents say cabbies often refuse to travel to boroughs outside of Manhattan.

A first-time offense currently carries a fine of $200 - $350, but Bloomberg wants to increase that to $500.

A second offense, which is $350 - $500 right now, would be raised to $750 and a 30-day suspension if it is within 24 months of the first offense.

The city is urging anyone that is refused service to file a complaint with 311 or online.

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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