Earlier this month, the Connecticut Post covered a crackdown on Mexicana Taxi, a cab service in Bridgeport that does an apparently brisk business without permission from the state.
“We see them as predators who are endangering the public and taking business away from companies that are following the rules,” said Dennis King, manager of regulatory compliance for the state Department of Transportation [DOT]…. Police here have arrested drivers for Mexicana Taxi, a new company that finds clients by leaving business cards in bodegas and churches, and caters mostly to a Hispanic clientele.
To follow the rules, Mexicana would need to apply for a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” from the DOT, which kicks off a regulatory process that can take four (4) years and generally results in no certificate. This is because the law allows incumbent cab companies to formally oppose applications from potential competitors and because DOT staff believe competition is inherently bad.
From a 2010 ruling:
Flooding the market with too many vehicles leads to taxicab drivers not making enough money and can result in fights between the drivers, customer stealing, bad maintenance on the vehicles and a host of other ills that occurs when the market place is flooded with a service and people can’t make a decent wage.
It’s not only startups that have a difficult time getting permission to do business. Last year, the department rejected an application from Metro Taxi, an established company that wanted to expand its fleet to include more handicapped-accessible cabs—despite testimony from residents saying there is a need for more such cabs.
Other recent rulings shed light on whether Mexicana might realistically expect to get a fair hearing.
In 2009, USA Taxi applied for authorization to operate 20 cabs in Norwalk. All three of Norwalk’s existing companies opposed the application, which the DOT denied this October, three years and nine months after it was filed:
The applicant argued that the taxicabs should be granted based on the increase in population in Norwalk. That is not how our taxicab regulatory system works…. Merely showing an increase in population is not enough to show that additional taxicabs are needed as there is no direct correlation established between increased population and increased need for taxicabs in Norwalk.
Independent Taxicab applied in September 2008 for authorization to operate 18 cabs in Stamford—in addition to the eight it already runs. The DOT denied the application, also opposed by a competitor, in September 2012:
The applicant’s real problem is not the lack of vehicles, but rather the administration of how the vehicles it already has are being used…. Clearly, [additional] calls can be absorbed by the applicant if it was operating an efficient service.
(Noah Posner z”lFamily photo)
The first of the 26 victims of the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut, was brought to rest on Sunday.
Noah Posner, aged 6, was the only Jewish victim.
Rabbi Shaul Praver of Edath Israel told his congregation that the massacre is “proof that there is much evil in the world.”
On Saturday, Rabbi Praver had told the assembled worshipers: “Don’t think that life is somewhere over the rainbow. What you’ve got right now, with your family, your friends, your house: This might be as good as life is ever going to be.”
The congregation also bade farewell to Ben Weiler, another boy murdered in the massacre. Although he was not Jewish, his parents used to volunteer at Edath Israel.
Jewish law prescibes that burial take place as soon as possible after death out of respect for the deceased, created in “the image of G-d.”.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
CT School Shooter Killer Link To LIBOR SCANDAL?_Fabian4LibertyFabian4LibertyPublished on Dec 15, 2012BREAKING NEWS: CT School Shooter Killer Link To LIBOR SCANDAL?
The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Senate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. 16 international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.Posted by dogcicle at 9:04 PM
- AnonymousDecember 16, 2012 4:48 AMI’m trying to get to the source of this information. Does the author or anyone else out there know where this is coming from? I’m seeing PLENTY of people repeating it, but I want to have my FACTS straight!
I didn’t hear about the idiot from Colorado. But I did hear the shooter from CT his father worked for GE. What I had read that there was a person shot in Colorado who’s father was to testify about LIBOR. Now in NY about a month ago two children were killed by there nanny which was very bizzare circumstance. There father worked for CNBC and just wrote a article about the LIBOR lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court.
AnonymousDecember 16, 2012 12:53 PM
to right an all,always something sinister behind the scenes.and kids get killed by some nutter,what a shame and the loss of life.when wil people of the world wake up,andtry to find out what is going on,as allway,s fabian4liberty gets it merley right again keep the truth,coming out peace to all humans.boon
AnonymousDecember 16, 2012 1:58 PM
The Aurora shooter was also supposedly involved in a form of government psychological testing program in upstate New York. This was according to a guest on Coast to Coast last month. I caught the conversation while driving and didn’t get details or the guests name. He was retired from government service and explained what part he took in the experiments.