NEW YORK – New York City's taxis are famous for often having an immigrant behind the wheel. A new report says the drivers come from more than 130 nations, with South Asian countries leading the way.
More than 5,200 drivers originally came from Bangladesh, with the other top groups from Pakistan, India, Haiti and the United States, according to 2006 records from the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission. The results were published in The New York Sun newspaper on Thursday.
The city has 13,000 yellow cabs on the streets, while the number of licensees is 43,402, the Sun reported. The number of taxi licensees is much larger than the number of cabs, as many people hold their license as a backup in case another job falls through.
More than half of the 2,300 American drivers said they were born in the city, according to their taxi license applications.
The country with the smallest representation? Switzerland, with two drivers.
About 130 people take the taxi exam a week, and about 48 percent of hopeful drivers pass, the newspaper reported.