Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wash DC Moves to Establish NYC-Style Taxi Cartel

The word "quota" appears four times in the draft of the District of Columbia's taxi reform bill, including this key phrase:

"The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission is authorized to establish a public vehicle-for-hire licensing quota which provides that the number of new taxicab vehicle licenses may be limited, after making a determination that the market is saturated with taxi vehicles and would benefit from a stabilization or reduction of new vehicles.”

Translation: Like NYC, Washington, D.C. is proposing to establish a "taxi cartel," with limited entry to restrict competition, resulting in higher fares, and possibly some kind of medallion system.   

HT: Washington Post via Colin Grabow


At 12/20/2011 5:08 PM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

In many countries, anyone with a car/truck can convert it into a jitney and go to work. I recommend this for the USA.

Also, anyone should be able to push a cart and ply the sidewalks. Push-cart vending opens real business opportunities for anyone with drive and couple thousand dollars, or even less.

You will never hear the GOP or Dems talk about this. No one really wants free enterprise.

Sheesh, no one even mentions delicensing lawyers.

At 12/20/2011 5:26 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Ahhh yes, the stupid learning from the stupid...

At 12/20/2011 7:58 PM, Blogger Vagabundus said...

From a town that has mastered justifying shake downs and pay to play, my only wonderment is what took so long? It is just another version of "I need a special privilege to be equal." What???

At 12/20/2011 8:22 PM, Blogger Rand said...

As soon as a Congresscritter has to wait more than five seconds for a cab, the problem will be solved.

At 12/20/2011 10:47 PM, Blogger Highgamma said...

And New York City is finally reversing some of its cartel policies.

At 12/22/2011 8:12 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

As soon as a Congresscritter has to wait more than five seconds for a cab, the problem will be solved.

Ah, yes. But, they never do and they never will.


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