The drivers’ scheme, the commission said, involved 1.8 million rides and cost passengers an average of $4 to $5 extra per trip. The drivers, officials said, flipped switches on their meters that kicked in the higher rates, costing New York City riders a total of $8.3 million.
I think they call this the drunk tax.
Important bit of info to watch for: Code 4 on the meter is for trips outside NYC while Code 1 is for trips within city limits.
via the NY Times
About 8 years ago, I came to NY for business staying at a hotel on 6th and 26th st. Had a great dinner at Smith and Wollensky and then had bottles with friends at a hip hop club called Eugene later that evening.
Long evening shorter and after a quick Irish exit, I jumped in the first cab in front of the club, gave the cabby the hotel name and street and “relaxed” in the back until we pulled up to the revolving doors, home for the evening. I don’t know where we went, but the ride cost me $14.00 including tip. The next morning, I walked past the club from the hotel, on the way to breakfast.
Lesson learned, but I guarantee 70% of the people scammed weren’t locals and the rest weren’t attentive to the situation.