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(Charleston Post and Courier)   Cab drivers threaten to stop picking up passengers if city continues to force them to charge a flat rate. In other words, business as usual   ( postandcourier.com) divider line
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2013-04-08 10:25:36 AM  
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The REAL problem behind cab rates/regulations is that the cities limit the number of licenses issued (good idea) but then do not also limit license-ownership to individual cab operators.  An individual who owns his own license and operates his own cab can do OK to pretty well on the current flat rates.  But what happens is that corporations come in and buy up the licenses then RENT them out to individual operators, which means they are only getting a fraction of the flat rate and basically are slaves of the license-holding corporation, resulting in a pretty terrible standard of living.

The fix isn't raising rates or de-regulating cab licensing.  The solution is having the city enforce 1-license:1-owner/operator limits.  That will likely mean they'll have to issue more licenses as they now won't be used 24/7.  Both of these are good things.
2013-04-08 10:25:16 AM  
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MindStalker: I can't wait for self driving cars to drive these guys out of business.

Self-driving taxis won't clean the puke out of passenger compartments.
2013-04-08 07:42:58 AM  
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I can't wait for self driving cars to drive these guys out of business.
2013-04-08 07:19:57 AM  
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Summercat: While I agree that taxis ought to be regulated in general, as per the base arguements presented in the article for said regulation, I do not see why it has to be a flat fee that low.

In short, the practice is okay, but the specifics might need tweaking. A lot. The Taxicab companies do have a point about them not being profitable. If the city wants to use them as a public transportation company, perhaps they should considering hiring the cabs themselves, and charging fees that keep the business break-even.

Allow cabs to set some rates themselves, but they have to be fixed once the cab starts. No gouging rich looking people (Nobody deserved to be gouged.). Perhaps a flat fee plus a distance and gas surcharge that covers a predetermined estimate (Generated weekly, or even monthly, to adjust for price fluxuations) of the cost of wear and tear and gas for said distance.

I dunno. *shrug*

The article doesn't mention that the cab business is typically very restricted.  Unlike most businesses you can't just submit a license and get started.  In NYC the Taxi and Limousine Commission jealousy guards their monopoly and fights hard whenever someone tries to get into the business, especially in the lucrative tourist areas.  In exchange for that protection the companies agree to be held to certain restrictions regarding pricing and service.
2013-04-08 07:04:14 AM  
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I went to the city once when the cab drivers went on strike in the late 90's.  It was easily the nicest time I've ever had in the city.  It's amazing how much the atmosphere changes when you cut out that much noise and traffic.
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