Volunteer driver for cancer patient cited in N.Y. for illegal cab

(JTA) — A volunteer driver taking a cancer patient to a chemotherapy appointment was cited in New York City for driving an illegal cab.

Yeshaya Liebowitz of Brooklyn was driving two women on behalf of the Chesed Organization, which offers free rides to medical patients, when agents for the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission pulled him over and issued him a summons for operating an illegal cab, according to the New York Post. Despite protests by Liebowitz and his passengers that no money had traded hands, Liebowitz’s car was seized and impounded.

“This is his good deed and he got slapped in the face for it,” one of Liebowitz’s passengers told the Post.

The TLC claimed that Liebowitz had failed to signal and had run a red light, then could not offer proof that he was working on behalf of a volunteer organization. Nonetheless, the TLC returned Liebowitz’s car and dismissed the summons.

 

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