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About 10,000 New York City taxi drivers launched a second strike this week over new rules that require them to install credit card readers and GPS technology in their medallion cabs by October 1st. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance says the new card readers are unreliable and the card fees as well as lost fares may reduce their income by at least $1,000 per year. They also say the GPS system is unfair. Beginning October 1st, upon their next scheduled inspection all New York taxis are mandated to have technology-based customer service improvements that will include credit/debit card acceptance and an interactive electronic passenger map and information screen. The Taxi Workers Alliance has about 8,000 to 9,000 members. There are about 45,000 licensed drivers registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission. For more information visit: “http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/home/home.shtml”:http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/home/home.shtml

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