11 Jan '14, 6pm

@TranspoPlanner "hassle passersby, and generally annoy hotel guests." 2/2

One Is that it is an enforcement nightmare. Seattle has 217 taxi operators: 210 independents and 7 companies. Basic enforcement responsibilities make it necessary to track down operators from time to time, even for such routine matters as recovering passengers' lost items. While the seven companies presumably have business locations, many independent operators do not. Thus, routine enforcement requires city officials and customers to spend Inordinate amounts of time simply finding some operators. Yet, Seattle has only one enforcement person! It is therefore clear why the City's enforcement actions are not perceived by the hospitality industry representatives with whom we talked. In addition, it is a large task to keep track of Insurance coverage, that the filed rates of fare are those actually charged, to schedule and conduct vehicle inspections, investigate and respond to...

Full article: http://www.taxi-library.org/seat0396.htm

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