New York City’s taxi commission chief says the scam thought to have cheated 1.8 million riders is smaller than officials first believed.
The head of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission told the City Council on Monday that a “significant” number of trips inside the city weren’t overcharged using a higher rate for trips to the suburbs.
That’s because the meter button to activate the higher rate code was pushed at the end of the trip instead of the beginning.
Officials believe that button was pushed accidentally because it’s next to the one the driver pushes to end the trip. So some trips that officials initially thought were charged on the higher rate code were not.