About a month ago
, I reported on a 76-year old Aspen senior citizen, Phil Sullivan, who received a 15-day jail sentence for operating an unlicensed taxi service. After serving nine days in jail, the renegade cabbie is back on the street of Aspen, this time as a volunteer driver for his new nonprofit organization, Free Rides for People Who Need Them Inc.,
according to the Aspen Times:
Donations to the company will be used to maintain Sullivan's white Kia minivan and to pay for vehicle insurance, according to a “sponsorship agreement” between Sullivan and the nonprofit that accompanies the certificate of incorporation.
Sullivan cannot draw a salary or receive any compensation for his time, the agreement states. “It allows me to operate and give my friends a free ride home, but I don't look at it as a victory,” Sullivan said Thursday of his new arrangement.
Members of Aspen's "taxi cartel" couldn't be reached for comment, but have complained very vocally in the past about Sullivan's low prices (voluntary contributions) and "unfair competition." They are probably not happy that the renegade senior is back on the road.