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  1. Shithead

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    Bill would allow new cabbies to skip written English test
    By Danielle Furfaro, Megan McGibney and Bob Fredericks
    January 16, 2016 | 12:40am

    Yellow-cab rides could soon be driving New Yorkers completely crazy if the City Council passes a new bill that would eliminate written English tests for aspiring hacks.
    The proposal would allow drivers to get their hack licenses with just a cursory oral exam and without offering any proof they can read or write the language, including traffic signs.
    Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), chair of the council Transportation Committee, introduced the bill amid an exodus of yellow-cab drivers to app-based car services like Uber and Lyft.
    He insisted cab riders wouldn’t notice a difference.
    “Effective communication between rider and driver is key for any ride and this is not in jeopardy with this bill,” Rodriguez said.
    Cab riders were skeptical on Friday Nicholas Grimaldi, a development specialist from Chelsea, said hacks need to be more than just barely conversational in English.
    “I hope they’ll be able to read the signs. I think they’ll need retraining in English.
    I don’t think it’s a good idea,” he said.
    Sabina, a stay-at-home mom from Union Square, predicted that cabbies who can’t read English would likely get lost.
    “If you can’t do a written exam, how would you be able to drive to navigate?” she said.
    Joshua Harville, 34, a graphic designer, agreed, saying a written test was a smart idea.
    “If you can’t read a sign, you don’t know where you’re going. It should be written. You need to be able to read,” said Harville, who is from Murray Hill but now lives in Tennessee.
    Rodriguez said he is pushing the measure to create one set of rules for yellow-cab drivers and those who work for Uber or Lyft.
    Currently, cabbies have to take a written test, while Uber drivers aren’t tested and don’t have to even speak English, a council source said.
    “We’ll be putting new measures in place to ensure passengers and their drivers understand one another that will be required for all drivers, not just those in one sector. This will create an equal level of service between sectors,” Rodriguez said.
    The proposal is one of eight bills the council will take up to regulate all for-hire vehicles, from yellow and green cabs to black livery cars and app-aided cars.
    Another measure would bring stiffer penalties for illegal street hails.
    Also, the Taxi and Limousine Commission would be required to provide health-care services to drivers and boost transparency in the black-car industry by requiring accurate pretrip fare estimates.
    Another cab rider, Don Simmons noted the lax English testing could prove costly for cabbies.
    “They’re not going to get good tips if they can’t read,” said Simmons, CEO of Power Packaging in Midtown. “As a New Yorker, I know where I’m going. If I were a tourist, that’d be a problem.”
     
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    The white people built the modern western world and these fucking financial immigrants and Muslims are going to fuck it all up
     
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    The crazy Apple, no longer the big apple.
     
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    Apparently, you gotta go the extra mile to get them off the welfare rolls.
     
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    I wonder if they will not have to take an eye test next. You know all those letters could be a problem for them and all .
     
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    NYC has ceased being the city I grew up in about 20 years ago. Nothing left there for me except a few friends and a couple of cousins.
     
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    on the bright side you wouldn't have to make small chat with some weirdo cabbie
     
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    Great idea!!
     
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    Toronto is the exact same for me. I'm a minority there now.
     
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    I've got great memories of growing up there too, but sure wouldn't want to now. A friend, who's a long term resident of Staten Island, which at one point was idyllic, is selling his house because the influx of what he calls "wacky Pakis" and other minorities has become overwhelming.
     
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    That's just stupid there is a need for basic understanding of the English language but I can't imagine anyone that grew up here wants to become a taxi driver
     
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    Learning English and asking them to assimilate is racist.
     
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    Mr Trump if you don't make it to the White House please run for Mayor of the Big Apple opppps I mean crazy apple as Reno calls it lol
     
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    Is NYC having issues filling cabs with good drivers because they all jumped to UBER?
     
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