With Fewer Passengers, Cab Drivers Take Financial Hit During Pandemic


LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The coronavirus pandemic is changing life for many of us. For a cab driver, it can be hard to pay the bill with fewer people leaving their homes these days.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens spoke to one cab driver, who asked to remain anonymous. The driver was sitting inside his cab at the Lynn Commuter Rail garage with a woolen ski cap covering his nose and mouth.

He said his life has been turned “totally upside down” by the virus and lately he’s only making about a quarter of what he normally makes.

“There are some days you don’t even get the money to pay off the car,” the driver said. “And outside it is very dangerous.”

When it comes to bills, the driver said he’s “totally behind.”

“I’m scared if it continues for another month, it’s going to be a disaster and I’m not sure I’m going to be on the road myself,” he said.

At 62-years-old, he worries about catching the virus. The driver makes sure every passenger has a facial covering, and he continuously sanitizes the car.

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