Wednesday, June 6, 2012
KC's Impending All-Star Week Taxi Strike
Once again we see the fallout of over regulation. Kansas City, MO will soon host the MLB All-Star game, but players and attendees alike may find getting around the city extremely difficult if local cab drivers have their say.
Cab driver's are asking a federal judge to declare KC's taxi cab ordinance unconstitutional. The ordinance in questions limits the number of cab companies serving the area to nine. What that means for area drivers is that they can never hope to become their own owner/operators and their potential for career advancement is severely limited.
Right now, cab drivers, who typically own their own vehicles, must purchase a permit from one of these nine companies to operate for $13,520. The permit costs those same companies just $375 to obtain from the city. Drivers are then at the mercy of these cab companies for fairs, often having to wait hours between fares.
Drivers warn that if the law is not over turned they will go on strike during All Star week.