hybrid double tip

I am going to start tipping hybrid cab drivers double.

I saw my first yellow Ford Escape hybrid yesterday (actually I saw two) and decided that there ought to be some way to encourage their adoption. Since you can’t really choose your cabs very specifically, I came up with the tip idea. Since most of my rides are in the $15 and under category, this will only cost me an extra buck here and there. I feel like if drivers hear about this, they are going to be asking their cab management companies for them and definitely if they own their own cab, they’ll be encouraged to upgrade maybe a little sooner than they otherwise would.

As only one person doing this, I’m unlikely to really affect change, but paraphrasing Arlo Guthrie

And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said
fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and
walking out.
 tipping their hybrid drivers an extra buck.
And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.

So who’s in?



  1. Cabbies already have a huge financial incentive to drive hybrids. They pay their own gas costs for their shifts!

    These days, a cabbie can pay $75/shift with ease–and that’s all off the top. With a hybrid, costs are in the $20/shift range.

    So the demand is already there–so much so that cab companies alot them to drivers on the basis of seniority.

  2. corey… you cheap son of a bitch… I have never seen you tip cabbies… 2 times nothing = nothing. Good try try boy.

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