Monday, May 14, 2007

Cabbies on edge as penalties begin

Things were relatively quiet at the airport Friday, the first day that taxi drivers faced tougher penalties for refusing to transport passengers with alcohol.
"There were no incidents," said Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. "Everyone was in compliance. It was pretty much business as usual."

That doesn't mean, however, that anger, bitterness, hurt feelings, accusations and harsh words weren't expressed by many of the hundreds of taxi drivers affected by the MAC's new penalties.

"The new ordinance is very tough," said Mekonnen Doyamo, an airport taxi driver for about 10 years.
"It's excessive punishment ... The new rules ruin our life totally."

Entire article here.

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