Taxi disputes happen daily in Hoboken!

NYC cabs to Hoboken – still taxi disputes well into 2013

Ripoffs and taxi disputes in Hoboken NJ from NYC manhattanTo this day – and almost every single day since Hoboken411 began tracking, Hoboken police respond to at least one “taxi dispute” which takes place between the driver of a NYC cab and his passenger(s).

Usually, these taxi disputes are caused by the fact that the fare suddenly realizes that they don’t feel like paying the agreed-to amount once they’ve arrived in Hoboken (because they’re too cheap, drunk, entitled or arrogant).

However, one Hoboken411 reader is noticing that NYC cabbies are starting to jack up the cost of a ride from Manhattan to Hoboken (especially on weekends) where fares are now upwards of $80 or more! That costs more than a ride to one of the local airports!

As you can read in previous revisions to this story after the break – there is still no real “standard fare” from NYC to Hoboken, and there really needs to be one to prevent the confusion, mis-communication and taxi disputes.

And I’ll say it again: I believe the fares to Hoboken from New York should be PRE-PAID to avoid such a hassle. I mean, you pay to get on the subway or bus, why not taxi cabs too? What is so difficult about this – and why has almost zero progress been made?

Should Hoboken fares from NYC be standardized?

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Hoboken Photo of the Day: NYC taxi zooming by

And I wanted to share this photo I recently took of a NYC cabbie driving south towards the PATH station from a building uptown.

You ever see those cheesy “stock” pictures they put in some of picture frames sold at stores? Well – this reminded me of one of them – hence today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day!

NYC Taxi Disputes in Hoboken NJ

Urge Bloomberg to make pre-paid fares to NJ a law

12/3/2009 Update:

Bumping this post from earlier in the year – as I still hear of (and witness) many “Taxi Disputes” each week in Hoboken, seemingly every single day. And more often than not – it’s a NYC cab and some kind of drunk (or cheap) passenger.

To eliminate the unnecessary disputes, as well as free our Hoboken Police Department to handle more serious local crimes and incidents – our city administration should immediately engage NYC’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make any fares from the city into Hoboken a pre-paid trip. Pretty simple, eh?

Similar to the way former Councilman at-large Ruben Ramos fought to try and lower fares to Hoboken, someone from City Hall should step up to the plate here too. But they’re too busy eating at the Coach House Diner in North Bergen or jockeying for their next political seat. Oh well, just an idea…

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Are taxi riders that dumb, or is it alcohol related?

2/24/2009:

I highly doubt anyone listens to the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel as much as I do (even while I’m sleeping – disgusting!) – but one incident has occurred often enough to inspire this very post: “Taxi Disturbances.”

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Is it that difficult?

My estimate is about 10-12 calls come in each week for some kind of taxi dispute. While I don’t get to hear the entire details for each call – it’s usually a fare dispute. And my guess is that most of the drivers are probably from NYC, but I could be wrong, since the “Taxi Rules” sign was a bit outdated downtown.

But what causes these disputes?

  • One theory is that the riders are more concerned with getting home than paying attention to what the ride will cost them – and when they get dropped off and realize that they’re $40+ poorer, they throw a hissy-fit. Many times the dispute is resolved when the passenger goes to an ATM to settle the debt (after police involvement).
  • Conversely, perhaps the driver doesn’t clearly state what the fare will be, and ends up being more than they originally stated.
  • I’ve read here on Hoboken411 – that some riders get upset when they “ride share” here in town, and the driver goes way out of the way, and ends up dropping one particular person off last.

I believe the fare dispute could be prevented if NYC taxi’s were able to demand fare payment upfront. But I’m sure there’s some law against that.

Have you ever witnessed one? Been part of one? Are any of the drivers at fault for misleading the customer? Or are the customers usually drunk, poor and stupid?

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64 Comments on "Taxi disputes happen daily in Hoboken!"


Member
2 years 5 months ago

It’s cheaper to take a taxi from NYC to Newark Airport and then say “Nevermind” and get out as soon as you get through the tunnel and then take a local taxi home.

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2 years 5 months ago

I only use ÜBER when taking a taxi from the city. No haggling, nice car, professional driver, and no cash. From Hell’s Kitchen to uptown Hobo it cost $52 including toll, tip, everything.

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wfs
3 years 4 months ago

Sounds like we need an android app – that will contact/book a black-cab, as opposed to hailing a taxi.

My record, time wise from the village to Hoboken, is 15 – 85 minutes. (Holland tunnel closed for maintenance, so had to take the Lincoln tunnel). Price range – $15 double the toll at the half way point of the tunnel, to $60.

I eventually stopped taking taxis because of the hastle. I’d always agree a ‘tip & tolls’ included price, then at the Hoboken end, the taxi drivers started demanding a tip & tolls.

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curious
3 years 4 months ago

UBER! It’s awesome[quote comment=”215229″]Sounds like we need an android app – that will contact/book a black-cab, as opposed to hailing a taxi.My record, time wise from the village to Hoboken, is 15 – 85 minutes. (Holland tunnel closed for maintenance, so had to take the Lincoln tunnel). Price range – $15 double the toll at the half way point of the tunnel, to $60.I eventually stopped taking taxis because of the hastle. I’d always agree a ‘tip & tolls’ included price, then at the Hoboken end, the taxi drivers started demanding a tip & tolls.[/quote]

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ntableman
3 years 4 months ago

I have been trying to find out which politicians to talk to about this for years and years. I finally found out that one of my most likely ones would be in the Port Authority as they have jurisdiction over transportation issue between NJ and NY.

I then found a Director (maybe Exec. Director) who pretty much laughed at my when I tried to bring it up. It was at that point I realized just how useless the PA was to solving any problem for the people they rake over the coals for tolls and fares. I wish I had the time to figure out how to run for some office to shake things up over there.

The problem here seems to be that no one really cares about transportation issues between NJ and NY. Take that stadium they wanted to make on the west side. There was almost nothing in the plan to upgrade tunnels, trains, etc…and it was as if all of a sudden if those teams moved to Hell’s Kitchen the NJ fans would stop going.

I have often thought that this area needs a version of the Greater London Authority with a cleared admission that the metro area needs regional planning.

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 4 months ago

The Port Authority has no say in how taxi cabs charge fares interstate. The only control they have is making sure these cabs pay tolls, and observing laws when using their bridges and tunnels. All complaints and questions regarding NYC taxi’s should be sent to the Taxi and Limousine Commission in NYC.[quote comment=”215216″]I have been trying to find out which politicians to talk to about this for years and years. I finally found out that one of my most likely ones would be in the Port Authority as they have jurisdiction over transportation issue between NJ and NY.I then found a Director (maybe Exec. Director) who pretty much laughed at my when I tried to bring it up. It was at that point I realized just how useless the PA was to solving any problem for the people they rake over the coals for tolls and fares. I wish I had the time to figure out how to run for some office to shake things up over there.The problem here seems to be that no one really cares about transportation issues between NJ and NY. Take that stadium they wanted to make on the west side. There was almost nothing in the plan to upgrade tunnels, trains, etc…and it was as if all of a sudden if those teams moved to Hell’s Kitchen the NJ fans would stop going.I have often thought that this area needs a version of the Greater London Authority with a cleared admission that the metro area needs regional planning.[/quote]

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chom89
3 years 4 months ago

I have heard $65 is the average cab fee from NYC to Hoboken which includes the tunnel fee and tip. But just last week I got back to my apartment in Hoboken for only $30 total. I believe there should be a set rate so you know what you’re getting into before jumping in a cab.