The thousand injuries of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission have been borne as the operators and taxi passengers best could, but when someone ventures to insult the august governmental body, there is always some lackey ready to claim that the TLC protects — protects! — New Yorkers against a variety of imaginary offenses from racism to murder. Anything’s possible. The TLC clearly protects New Yorkers from the Cloverfield monster, because it’s never actually been spotted in the city.
On the other hand, when it comes to protecting New Yorkers from counterfeit, defective taxi parts, the FBI has to get involved.
The FBI used a few dozen agents to capture three men in a raid on Tuesday. The men were involved in a scam where they purchased low-quality generic auto repair parts ranging from brake pads to suspension airbags and rebranded them as OEM or name-brand parts. It’s easy to see how this could endanger taxi passengers, although speeds in New York are generally low enough that even a full Chevy Rolls Deep Brake Package probably wouldn’t kill anyone but pedestrians.
Given that the brake pads in my Town Car have lasted 94,100 miles so far and they still have a little bit to go, it’s easy to see why taxi operators might be annoyed at cheap Chinese brake pads and whatnot. Still, if it took the FBI three years to crack the case, perhaps the counterfeit parts weren’t so bad after all. One would also suppose that it shouldn’t take three years and the full force of federal law enforcement to deal with the issue. Shouldn’t the TLC be actively looking out for this sort of thing? Or are they too busy
cashing Nissan’s checks for the Taxi of Tomorrow doing something else?
Hat tip to TTAC reader Curvy McLegalbriefs for this one.