Regulations of the City of New York make it illegal to hail a taxi cab for another person unless first solicited by the prospective passenger. The same Regulation makes it illegal to hitchhike, to open a car door for another, to jaywalk, and, of course, to stand in front of an oncoming car. And should you need to educate a Squeegee who insists upon cleaning your windshield, show him New York City Rules, Title 34, § 4-04.
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District Attorney Unsuccessfully Attempts to Prosecute Charges Carrying Maximum Penalty Against Taxi Driver for Fatal Accident
In 2006, Hassan Afzal, was involved in an accident while driving a taxicab on West Street (a/k/a the West Side Highway) in the vicinity of West Houston Street in Manhattan. Mr. Afzal had a history of seizures that he failed to disclose in applications that he filed for a taxi license. In the accident, Danielle Ricci, one of the passengers in the taxi, either exited or was ejected from the cab and was then struck and killed by a second taxi. Three other passengers in the taxi suffered significant injuries while still in the cab when the vehicle struck a building. The People alleged that the accident was caused by a seizure the Defendant suffered. The Defendant denied that he had suffered a seizure at the time of the accident. It was also alleged that the Defendant had a history of seizures and fraudulently failed to disclose this information in applications for a taxi license he file