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DC shuts down Taxi Competiton

20 Aug
DCTC decision shuts down competition in 
taxi service
WASHINGTON (Aug. 20, 2013) – The R Street Institute is
concerned that the decision by the District of Columbia Taxicab
Commission expanding sedan regulations to bar mid-sized,
fuel-efficient vehicles robs consumers of choice and creates 
an anti-competitive atmosphere in the district.
The decision appears clearly intended to forestall the company 
Uber – which the D.C. Council formally approved to offer 
sedan-on-demand services in December 2012 — from rolling 
out its new, lower-cost option “uberX,” which makes use of 
hybrid vehicles.
“Banning uberX is a cynical move to protect cabs from 
competition,” R Street Associate Policy Analyst Michael 
Hamilton said. “Uber has done more to ensure that D.C. 
residents have access to pleasant for-hire rides at a fair price 
than the D.C. Taxicab Commission could possibly hope for. 
If district regulations are designed to protect consumers, then 
UberX should clearly be allowed to operate.”
R Street is a non-profit public policy research organization 
that supports free markets; limited, effective government; 
and responsible environmental stewardship. It has 
headquarters in Washington, D.C. and branch 
offices in Tallahassee, Fla.; Austin,Texas; and 
Columbus, Ohio. Its website is www.rstreet.org.