NYC Taxi Driver Accused of Refusing Al Roker Is Fined

A New York City taxi driver accused by black NBC "Today" show weatherman Al Roker of passing him by in favor of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission says driver Mahabur Rahman made his plea last month and was fined $500.

Roker had filed a complaint in November and wrote on social media he and his son had been ignored for racial reasons. He said the driver picked up a white man a block away.

The commission says it was the driver's second refusal violation. The driver hung up a phone Monday when called for comment.

The TLC says Roker was notified of the outcome. The "Today" show was not available for comment, NBC hasn't answered an email seeking comment. NBC Universal Inc. is the parent company for "Today".

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