Concerned taxi drivers met on Thursday morning to discuss what they can do to stay competitive with Uber and Lyft.
The Taxicab Authority decided unanimously to add more than 400 drivers in waves over the next few months, starting In December and ending in February.
However, some drivers do not agree that is what needs to be done. Some drivers are upset because this could affect their paychecks. More drivers on the road will make it more competitive. They also make the point the slowest tourist season, the holidays, is coming.
"There's fewer trips! The only way the drivers can overcome this is by long hauling," explained Sam Moffitt, the Chief Shop Stewart at Yellow Checker Star Cab Company and a former cab driver who spoke at the meeting Thursday.
On the other hand, a number of cab company owners say the need for more rides is big enough for all drivers to have a good piece. They even say there aren't enough taxis available to fill the current demand in a timely manner.
A fraction of all the new cars out there will be able to help handicapped customers.