Taxi companies accused of taking advantage of LI commuters

) Some taxi companies are under fire today, accused of taking advantage of Long Island commuters during times of train service disruption.Mark Epstein, of the

WOODBURY - ) Some taxi companies are under fire today, accused of taking advantage of Long Island commuters during times of train service disruption.

Mark Epstein, of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council, said some cabbies were charging double the normal rate to passengers who were stranded earlier this month when train service was halted. Now, Epstein is proposing a passenger bill of rights. It would require fare information to be posted in cabs so that drivers would not be able to charge more.

Some cab companies say they haven't heard a lot of complaints about price gouging. Lawrence Blessinger, of All Island Transportation and Ollies Taxi Company, said he has no problem posting rates inside his cabs.

Officials say passengers should always ask about the fare before they get into the cab.

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