New Vision Drivers Association of Florida, Inc.
New Vision Drivers Association of Florida, Inc., is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to winning economic justice for Florida’s drivers through grassroots organizing and alliance building.
The initial idea of forming New Vision Taxi Drivers Association of Miami, Inc., came in July 2003 when a group of Professional Taxi Drivers, mostly Haitian descent, gathered at Flamestar Lodge to discuss how to respond to different types of unfair treatments as well as poor working conditions, racial profiling, and anti-cabdriver bias Ordinances.
In October 2003, New Vision Taxi Drivers Association of Miami, Inc., was formed officially by the core leadership from that group of Professional Taxi Drivers to develop a short and long-term strategy to organize Miami Taxi Drivers for the purpose of attaining better working conditions and respect for the human rights of every single taxi driver.
Eleven years later, after winning many battles, the Association changed its name to the New Vision Drivers Association of Florida, Inc., to fight against injustice and pave the way for justice to be served for all for-hire transportation drivers.
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Medallions keep us from earning a decent livingTaxi drivers have their income limited by the county’s decisions regarding meter charges and flat rates for trips. However, the taxi companies that charge drivers for leasing their medallions and/or vehicles are able to increase their prices without restriction. At the same time, customers are paying almost 3x what Uber or Lyft are charging, and yet taxi drivers are still barely able to take home money in their pockets after a full day’s work because they are saddled with a lease payment for the medallion. This is unfair. County authorities should seriously consider our proposal since, if implemented, it would fundamentally benefit the people of Miami-Dade, and assure the highest-quality taxi service at the airport and on the streets. When taxi drivers are finally able to work in dignified conditions, free from the yoke of taxi companies, services and quality of transport are sure to markedly improve and be far more efficient. We believe there are many other benefits that will come from reforming the current system, some of which may not even be apparent at the moment. Miami-Dade’s commissioners and the mayor have a crucial decision to make regarding our local taxi industry. This important decision will greatly affect the cities and county we call home and the ability of all us to build a truly cosmopolitan and inviting metropolitan area in which we can all live in peace and happiness. We realize this could cause a disproportionate financial burden on those single medallion owner-drivers who might not be able to withstand this major change. This situation should be specially taken into consideration in the program the County ultimately designs to reform the taxi industry.855 of 1,000 SignaturesCreated by Raymond Francois