Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville flickr user AWard Tour

“Dear PoP,

I started @BadCabDC after a lot of discussion with friends, complaints from clients and countless near-misses with DC taxis. The goal of BadCab is to set up an easy way for people to Tweet their concerns and experiences about dangerous taxi drivers around town. Seeing taxis swerve into oncoming traffic, running red lights, taking advantage of the meter fees and blocking lanes of traffic is becoming a daily fact of life here. As a lifelong DC resident, I know we can do better.

Ideally, if I get enough feedback from people, I will put together a report at the end of each month and send it to DCTC. The complaint processes for taxis is complicated and most people don’t bother going through the appropriate channels. I’m willing to make the effort to take the information and put it into the right hands.

I know that most taxi drivers are hardworking, professional people trying to earn a living. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples that spoil the bunch. I’m hoping DC residents like us can point out the bad apples to DCTC so appropriate action can be taken by the city to ensure that we all get safe rides.”

This seems very promising given some of the difficulties we’ve had in the past. Back in April a reader wrote about a bad experience and we made some recommendations for good companies. On a side note, I heard rumors that DC may one day get a medallion system for cabs. Anyone think that’ll work/improve service?

You can follow @BadCabDC here and me @PoPville here.


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