The NY Taxi Workers Alliance says that its drivers will strike in September over GPS tracking systems will be coming to taxis starting in October. The city has said GPS systems will help passengers retrieve lost items (even if they don't have receipts or medallion numbers) because the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be able to find the taxi that dropped them off at a certain location.
But taxi drivers worry that GPS will be used to find traffic violations and say that GPS is an invasion of privacy. In fact, AM New York notes that the NYCTWA's statement offers this hack quote: "It beeps all day long if I don't log in, like an ankle bracelet they put on criminals." Well, it's questionable how well those ankle bracelets work, but point taken.
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus told AMNY, "While most of the industry is honoring that promise – 73% have already chosen a system before the due date – I am puzzled that this group is not telling its members that drivers with the systems are making an average 18% more in tips!"