The head of the Taxi and Limousine Committee, Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk, oversees yellow taxi and ride-hailing companies. He said the industry is recovering steadily, albeit slowly. She said: “This pandemic has severely hit the transportation of taxis, but since March, the number of all trips each month has increased.
Despite this, drivers of yellow and green taxis operating outside of Manhattan are still reluctant to return to work. According to city data, in September, there were an average of 3257 yellow taxis and 575 green taxis operating every day. In both cases, this is about 70% lower than in September 2019.
Drivers who have their own taxis return even more slowly.
“My job is not safe. I don’t know who owns Covid, and I don’t have customers.” said Andrew Chen, a 53-year-old immigrant from Myanmar, who has owned his own taxi since 2006.
Now, for those drivers who have purchased city passes called passes, a knockout race may be on the horizon, which allow them to own and drive a taxi.
As the New York Times reported, hundreds of drivers have been squeezed before the pandemic after being snapped up into huge exploitative loans that their medallions could not afford. During the worst of the virus, lenders suspended collections for several months, but some people began to demand payment.