Boston’s Taxi Cab Drivers

A Boston Globe reporter spent eight nights as a licensed cabbie in Boston to get a “driver’s side view of Boston’s taxi industry,” which mostly consists of immigrants struggling to get by.

Laboring 12 to 24 hours a day as independent contractors, without job protections or benefits, they will endure shifts of public service and private indignities, outsized risk and systemic exploitation.

Many will be cheated by their taxi owners and customers. They will confront hazards more potent than potholes: violent crime, distracted and impaired drivers, and their own debilitating fatigue.