Honking/Taxis

nytraffic.jpgMaybe it is because I have been at my parents house upstate for much of the last week, or maybe it just is a function of me finally realizing something that has always been there, but I have never been so frustrated with honking as I have been the last few days. As Kim astutely pointed out a number of weeks back, there seems to be no real consequence to over-honkers, but I feel that the cops should be cracking down on this. Taxi drivers seem to be the biggest culprit of this.

I understand the idea of getting impatient when driving in NYC, but does honking really help at all? What I don’t get is the people who are stuck in the middle of two avenues, and lay on the horn for 20 seconds or so. Do they honestly think they are the only ones who want to move? What is the thought process? Is it as if the honker thinks that other people are not looking to drive, and are just fine with sitting idle? There is literally no use to the horn.

But if you are in fact in a cab, as a passenger in a NYC public vehicle, you do have rights! Make sure to read the Taxicab Riders Bill of Rights so you know what you can and cannot do, and more importantly, what the driver can and cannot do. And if you feel the rules have been violated, file a complaint.

Also, here’s a little-known fact for you: According to the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission’s FAQ section,” “drivers are not allowed to use cellular phones or any communication device, hands free or otherwise, while operating a cab.”

So, next time a cabby is giving you shit or being a prick, use this information as leverage.


[Photo courtesy of Wired NY]

2 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    Are you from NYC originally? I’m from LA originally and I think – based purely on non-scientific, worthless, anecdotal evidence, that native EastCoasters are more honk-tolerant than we left-coasters. I think we don’t honk enough out here. Honking is a great stress release. Some ass cuts you off? Honk that horn – otherwise you may risk road-raging and that helps no one.


  2. Noah (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    Christiana, count your blessings! I agree that it can be a stress-reliever. But, in NYC, you are too contained at all times to think that it won’t affect other people. This is the land of fast paced people, and honking just reminds everyone in front, behind, and around you that you are stuck in a motionless oblivion. Granted, LA can easily lay claim to being the hometown of traffic, but NYC’s traffic is of a different sort. Buildings and people all around you, and knowing you are on a very small, contained island (Manhattan traffic only) does not help! Even the most steady handed become claustrophobic.

    On an unrelated note, Sacramento is beautiful! I will be in the area next week for business. Looking forward to it!



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