Ride And Run: Stealing Taxi Rides Becoming Common

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

"Taxi!"

More and more people are using that phrase to hail cabs in Lexington. In fact, the owner of the American Taxi Cab company, Chris Martha, says that as gas prices go up, so does his business.

"People would rather pay for a taxi than fuel up with gas at $4 and $5 dollars a gallon", says Martha.

But he says there are some people that hop into one of his cabs to go to: the bar, their workplace or grocery store; and have no intentions of paying the fare.

"One of our drivers picked up a passenger and took him to the bar from his house", says Martha, and when it was time to pay up, the customer tried to skip out. But before he could, the driver called the police.

Martha says that's happens weekly. "Sometimes people just jump out and run". That free ride taking is really hurting cab drivers. They waste time, gas; and end up ultimately losing money.

Martha hopes that people will stop the ride stealing, because he says his drivers are more than willing to work out a flat rate deal, or a payment program if you realize you can't pay a high fare.


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  • by ben Location: lex on Jul 23, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I ride with American Taxi everyday. They are so much nicer and more knowledgeble than the Yellow cabs in lexington.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jul 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    Fix the door so the driver has to be paid before he unlocks the door for the passenger.
  • by Taxi Driver-fiance Location: Kentucky on Jul 19, 2008 at 10:47 PM
    My fiance drives a Taxi in Lexington and has done so for over 5 years now...This has been a problem for as long as he's been driving...MOST of the time when he does call the police, the passenger is long gone and never caught...Something really needs to be in place to help these drivers from runners and robbers who often will demand all the money which really puts the driver in a bind since he must pay a lease, insurance and gas...Add all that up for a weekend and it's well over $200 at loss...He doesn't work for American, but he does feel the same blow when it comes to these things!
  • by JAMES Location: LEXINGTON, KY. on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    MY COMMENTS ARE FOR CAB DRIVERS,I DROVE A CAB IN THE EARLY 1990'S AFTER THE RIDER IS IN THE CAB HIT THE LOCK BUTTON AND THERE WAS NO WAY TO OPEN THE DOOR FROM THE BACK THE DRIVER HAS TO GET OUT AND OPEN THE DOOR BY THEN YOU WOULD ALREADY BE PAID.NOW A DAYS THE CABS HAVE CHILD LOCKS ON THEM SET THE LOCK BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LET YOUR CLIENT OUT OF THE CAR,SOME PEOPLE WILL THINK YOU ARE JUST BEING KIND BY OPENING THE DOOR FOR THEM.GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU CABBIES OUT THERE.

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