New York is all set to have a women-only cab service called SheTaxi.
The female-only cab service is scheduled to launch in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County on Sept 16. However, the service may have to be renamed SheRides because of New York City’s restrictions on using the word "taxi."
The service comes with an app that works pretty much like Uber.
However, the name is not the only problem. Apparently the soon to start service already has a massive hurdle to overcome.
The service falls under the label of discrimination. Yes- According to municipal law, livery or cab companies operating within New York City cannot refuse rides to passengers because of their gender.
The restriction is pretty unreasonable.
The rule shouldn’t apply to a service that is brought about exclusively for a gender, run by that gender and specifically for a cause.
Men drive 95% of cabs and livery cars in NYCleaving only a meager 5% of the city's 59,999 for-hire drivers of livery cars, green cabs, limousines and luxury sedans to be women.
In times rife with violence, especially against females, women have the right to this service if they have any concerns or do not feel comfortable putting their safety in the hands of completely strange men- often late at night after a night out.
However, had it been a regular taxi or any other service, refusing anyone a ride because of their gender, race or class would have been wrong.
SheTaxis currently has six drivers on staff and has recruited 50 more, hopefully the service will be allowed to run. Stella Mateo hopes to eventually expand SheTaxi to other cities, including Chicago and Miami.
India already has its own women-only taxi fleet up and running. Surely there can be one in America as well.