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"They're violating the law now and the City of New York is doing nothing about it."
Council Member Tony Avella at the January 30, 2009 hearing.
How the NYC Carriage Industry overcharges and gets away with it... a lesson in fraud.
This is the law dictating the legal rate for a carriage ride:
NYC Administrative Code, Title 20, Chapter 2 - Licenses, Subchapter 21 - Sight-Seeing Buses, Horse-Drawn Cabs and Drivers
§ 20-380 Rates of horse drawn cabs. The amount to be charged and collected for the use of a horse drawn cab by one or more passengers shall be the total of the following items: thirty-four dollars for the first half-hour or fraction, the fraction of the half-hour shall be at the passenger's option, and ten dollars for each additional fifteen minutes thereafter.
The carriage industry overcharges. There is no question about it. They do so on the street and they do so on their commercial web sites. The City Agencies, including the Department of Consumer Affairs, turns the other way. They either cannot or will not enforce the law.
It is the Wild Wild West at the hack line.
Newspaper & Online Accounts
Taken for a Ride - NY Post - 11/15/09
Industry Websites that overcharge significantly and get away with it
New York Tours - charges $125 to $173 for 40 minutes
Gotham Carriages - charges $58 for 25 minutes up to $120 for 40 minutes
Manhattan Carriage Company - Charges $34 for 17 minutes, but does not list any other price; asks unsuspecting tourists to call
Kensington Stables - $90 for 40 minutes
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