One of the stranger things about New York City’s taxi regs is that while livery cab drivers are on average more professional than taxi cab drivers, only the latter can pick up passengers because that way the city makes money.
And that’s how you end up with a bunch of Mohammeds behind the wheel who don’t know how to drive and don’t know the city, but do know that no matter what awful thing they do, there will be no consequences, because the city has to keep making money.
Cabby Mohammed Faysal Himon sheared off the foot of a British tourist in a grisly accident at Rockefeller Center last August, but despite the ordeal — and a claim that he didn’t want to drive a cab anymore — he’s been back behind the wheel of a taxi for months, The Post has learned.
Himon was driving on Sixth Avenue on Aug. 20, 2013, when his cab jumped the curb and slammed into Sian Green, 25, who was with a friend at West 49th Street.
The horrific accident cost the Leicester beauty queen her left foot and later her leg below the knee.
Himon claimed he was cut off by cyclist Kenneth Olivo, 41, and lost control of his cab after he tried to zip ahead of the pedal pusher.
After the accident, the TLC suspended Himon’s license for 30 days, and he was slapped with a summons for operating a cab he was not authorized to be driving.
But since neither the Manhattan district attorney nor the NYPD filed criminal charges against Himon, the agency reinstated his license, which he claimed last Sept. 26. The TLC — which has vowed to take new steps to keep dangerous drivers off the road — did ask Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he refused, an agency spokesman said.
The Bangladesh native, who has been in the United States about five years, later admitted to The Post that he was a lousy driver, and records show he racked up three moving violations for nine points on his license in 2011, including citations for running a red light and driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone.
“Back at home in Leicester at the end of September, the reality of being an amputee hit me,” she wrote last week in The Sun newspaper of London, recalling “terrifying flashbacks.”
“I had to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around, and I couldn’t drive my car anymore. I had no independence, and I found that very hard.”
Himon’s free-wheeling is a bitter pill for her to swallow.
Maybe we can finally start dispensing with the medallion nonsense and have a modern taxi service.