Driver News (January 8, 2018)
Transport DC: The program is now in the second half of the month of January. During this period that ends on January 31st, Transport DC members will only be permitted to go to medical appointments, places of employment or a pre-approved list of pharmacies. This split-schedule will be in effect until the remainder of the fiscal year. As of January 16th, we have completed more than 5,000 trips for the month. Please continue to do your part as Yellow Cab ambassadors and keep this program going strong. Remember to check ID cards at the beginning of the trip.
Transport DC Event: The next Transport DC event, Victory Heights’ First Annual Community Presentations and Workshops, will be held Thursday, January 18th from 12 PM – 2 PM at 1369 Irving Street NW – Ward 1. For information about this event, please contact Patricia Mitchell at (202) 939-1431.
Women’s March Notes: Washington DC will be the host the second annual Women’s March on Saturday, January 20th beginning at 11 AM. The rally will begin at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial and the march on the White House will beginning at 1 PM. Please. There will be increased Metro activity, as well as a water taxi coming from Alexandria being dropped off at The Wharf. There will be several road closures downtown along the march route (Independence Ave & Constitution Ave), as well as increased pedestrian activity on Saturday afternoon. Be aware of your surrounding and be safe.
2009 Vehicles Out Of Compliance: As of January 1st, all taxicabs in the District, year 2009 and older, are officially out of compliance with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) age regulation and are to be removed from service. The DFHV has shut down vehicles that are out of compliance with this mandate. If your vehicle is incorrectly shut down by DFHV, please submit your registration and one-stop card for the replacement vehicle to email@example.com or see Paul Williams at
Taxi Butler: It has been reported that drivers are calling hotels to find out the destination of the Taxi Butler trip and canceling. Any driver caught doing this will be removed from such trips and reported to DFHV for failure to haul.
For this reporting period no new Taxi Butler locations have been added. Yellow Cab is working to add three more Taxi Butler units at hotels around the city. Proposals for those three locations (Hive Hotel – 2224 F Street NW, Washington Circle Hotel – 1 Washington Circle NW, The River Inn – 924 25th Street NW) are still in to process of being finalized and we will have units in place in the coming week. There are 13 Taxi Butler locations throughout the city. Taxi Butler has already tallied over 1,250 trips to date. Here is a list of locations with the installed Taxi Butler device.
- Adams Inn – 1746 Lanier Place NW
- Avenue Suites Georgetown – 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Jindal-Andre Automotive – 1636 Bladensburg Road NE
- Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi – 791 Wharf Street SW
- Fairfield Inn – 2305 New York Avenue NE
- Hampton Inn and Suites, Navy Yard – 1265 First Street SE
- Hampton Inn Hotel – 501 New York Avenue NE
- Hilton Garden Inn – 1225 First Street NE
- Holiday Inn Suites -1917 Bladensburg Road NE
- Homewood Suites – 465 New York Avenue NW
- Homewood Suites by Hilton – 501 B New York Avenue NE
- Pod DC Hotel – 627 H Street NW
- Courtyard Marriott – 1325 2ndStreet NW
Driver Profile: Mr. Clay Evans: This week’s Driver profile is Mr. Clay Evans. Being one of Yellow Cab’s longest tenured drivers, Mr. Clay shares his tips on how he has managed to be a successful member of the DC taxi cab landscape for over five decades.
Paul Williams: Are you a DC native?
Clay Evans: No. I’m originally from North Carolina.
PW: When did you move up this way? CE: 63 years ago.
PW: How long have you been driving a taxicab in DC? CE: 54 years, last October.
PW: What made you want to drive a taxicab? What first inspired you get into the business? CE: You really want to know? I knew Mr. Hardy (Yellow 389). I saw him one day at 13th and I Street NW. I talked with him. I had two jobs anyways. I went to work for the government and I worked at nights as a busboy. I wanted a job with some flexibility on the weekends. Mr. Hardy, some of my family and some of my friends told me to drive a taxicab. I tried it out. I took the test three times. I was never one of the smartest guys. But this gave me a lot of freedom.
PW: Would you say the driving a cab was a natural fit for you? CE: For a part time job, yeah. It fit what I needed. I wanted freedom on the weekends in case something came up. In case of emergency, or if a family member got sick and had to take time away from my 9-5, I’d have a part time job.
PW: Are there any shared lessons between being a government employee and a taxi driver? CE: There really aren’t any secrets. Hard work and respecting the people you work with.
PW: What was the hardest thing to get used to driving a cab? CE: Getting around. Back then, the traffic wasn’t as bad as it is now. You want to know the truth about who taught me how to get around DC? The public and the people that I rode. I had to greet them and tell them I was a newcomer. If they knew where they were going and how to get there, I would be willing to take them. I knew the basics because when I worked for the government, I drove a truck anyways.
PW: Did you have a pretty good relationship with your passengers? CE: You had to bite your tongue a lot. You have to be very careful. The thing you have to do is realize you’re dealing with the public. I have dealt with some many different people.
PW: What would you say the most valuable lesson you’re learned driving a taxicab has been? CE: Look out for your own self. Look out for your safety and look out for the safety of the people. Be careful getting in and out of cars and be careful when you’re in neighborhoods that you know aren’t safe. Even at 83 years old, I still work the whole city. But I am careful.
PW: How did you manage to work for the government for 33 years and still drive a taxi? CE: It wasn’t easy. I’d drive in the mornings and then go to work. I got off of work on New Hampshire Avenue. I’d work from then until about 9:30 PM. I’d go home and take a shower, go to bed, get up the next day and do the same thing.
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