BREAK THE TAXI MONOPOLY AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
  • Petitioned Richard Conlin

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Seattle City Council
Richard Conlin
Seattle City Council
Sally Clark
Seattle City Council
Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Council
Tim Burgess
Seattle City Council
Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Council
Nick Licata
Seattle City Council
Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Council
Mike Obrien
Seattle City Council
JeanGodden
Seattle Mayor
Mike Mcginn

BREAK THE TAXI MONOPOLY AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

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      SEATTLE FOR HIRE ASSOCIATION

Seattle has grown tremendously since 1990 when the last regular taxi license was issued, and with as many as 450 of the current 688 taxis in the city obligated to the airport year-round or the cruise terminal and other tourist venues much of the time, no wonder people say "you can’t find a taxi in Seattle." It seems obvious to everyone, but the City of Seattle, that the same number of taxis it had in 1990, cannot meet the much greater demand today. The other result of not issuing licenses for this long has made a regular taxi license acquired for a few thousand dollars 20 years ago worth $360000.

 

As the 195 city licensed For Hire vehicles, we are small, local businesses caught in the middle. We can immediately serve the pent-up taxi demand, but current regulations keep us from picking up anyone hailing a ride on a city street.  In the county, For Hires pick up hailing passengers, whether from hotels or patrons emerging from bars and other nightspots.  Our For Hire cars are regulated exactly the same way as taxis, have the same safety inspections and all our owners and drivers pay the same fees as taxis.  We are safe, insured, inspected, and eighty percent of the For Hire fleet is hybrid or compressed natural gas-powered.  Given all of the positives of the For Hire fleet, the city’s restrictions limit us to about 20% of the business.

Seattle needs more reliable and timely taxi service. Please give For Hire Vehicles hailing rights in the city for the benefit of consumers, businesses, and the city of Seattle.

To:
Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council
Sally Clark, Seattle City Council
Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council
Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council
Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council
Nick Licata, Seattle City Council
Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council
Mike Obrien, Seattle City Council
JeanGodden, Seattle City Council
Mike Mcginn, Seattle Mayor
BREAK THE TAXI MONOPOLY AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Update 8/11: I have an addendum to this post published here. Also, the chart was altered to reflect a slightly higher number for Vancouver. What if the Northwest's cities legally capped the number of pizza delivery cars? What if, despite growing urban population and disposable incomes, our Pizza Delivery Oversight Boards had scarcely issued new delivery licenses since 1975?

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    • Benita Maltos SEATTLE, WA
      • 10 months ago

      This change will provide more options to customers as well. As a customer I should be able to have more options available.

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    • Bryce Foster SEATTLE, WA
      • 11 months ago

      As an irregular commuter, I am reliant on rentals and taxi service as i don't own a car. I can honestly say in its current form it there is no reliability what so ever.

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    • Gary Morse KIRKLAND, WA
      • 11 months ago

      I believe in and endorse fair play and regulation.

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    • Karen E Young BELLEVUE, WA
      • 11 months ago

      I don't drive and occassionally need to be in Seattle, If I'm not able to hail a cab as needed then I need to fend off other cabs while I wait for a called cab. Not good at night.

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    • Linda Badejo SEATTLE, WA
      • 11 months ago

      I am a single woman with no car who just moved to Seattle. I have to travel at night and cannot get a cab. I tried to flag down a Hire car and he did not stop. I called the city to complain and was told they cannot pick up passengers. I did not know why until I read something about the city restricting their business. Why would the city do that? They are making people like me less safe and rewarding the cabs by keeping their numbers down and their values up. What a racket!

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