City Officials Discuss Taxi Cab Safety

A violent cab crash last month in front of the Stingaree nightclub in the Gaslamp District left 35 people injured and raised major questions about taxi cab safety.

While police are still investigating the crash, San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, chair of the Taxicab Committee and also a former taxi cab driver, said the main change that needs to be made are the number of hours drivers are on the road.

Mikaill Hussein, president of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego, admitted to 10News that road conditions are not safe right now.

"If I could, I would drive 24 hours a day to make ends meet. It's not safe for anyone." said Hussein.

Hussein said drivers work as much as 20 hours straight to help pay for fees and bring home some profit.

Hussein also told 10News drivers pay $860 per week to lease a cab, and that payment doesn't include gas.

He and other cab drivers want to see those fees go down so they can work fewer hours.

In a Friday meeting, the Taxicab Committee voted to add a cab driver to their committee so that drivers' voices can be heard, in hopes that bigger changes will soon be on the way.

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