Outer-fare taxi scares
Cabbies refusing to go to the outer boroughs has gotten so extreme that it’s left one man with a fractured skull after police said a taxi driver ran him over in a dispute.
Anthony Loreto, 22, is in critical but stable condition at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; taxi driver Mohammed Azam, 27, plowed into him and his three friends early Sunday, according to police.
The fight began after Loreto and his friends demanded a ride home to the Bronx, and Azam refused.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed harsher fines for drivers avoiding outer boroughs. Yesterday City Councilman James Vacca called it a "systemic problem.”
But some cabbies say they’re getting a bad rap.
Driver Ruslan Ivanov, 34, said he’s happy to go to the Bronx — on the weekend. “There’s no traffic,” he said. Otherwise, congestion’s so bad, “You lose money.”
Lesly Pierre, a taxi dispatcher at Penn Station, said cabs turn down customers around rush hour — when they’re almost done with a shift. “They can’t go far.”
Azam was arraigned yesterday on assault charges.