I want to be able to find a nice clean cab at a decent price when I need it. And while more than 150 hardworking cab drivers are chomping at the bit to give me a ride, the government now stands in their way.
The daily hazards of the job pose a more systemic threat to the livelihoods, and often, the very lives, of cab drivers. Sharif's brutal encounter is the latest in a string of violent incidents involving cabbies.
There's an alternative to public transportation, and it's not through costly subway upgrades or private cars. It's built by the vehicles already driven around the city, by us commuters, and by our willingness to share.
When taxi drivers find themselves alone in their cabs -- as they often do -- with psychopaths, scam artists, or even just garden-variety drunken idiots, that little hands-free device can be a lifeline.