Connecticut Threatens Mexicana Taxi, the State’s Black Market Solution to the Cab Cartel

December 17, 2012
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.

For more Reason coverage of state-enforced taxi cartels, click here, here, and here.


What do Muslims and Feminists have in common? They both hate free expression in Cab Advertising

September 17, 2011
Flash Dancers taxicab adTaxi honor killing lincoln center (2)NY Mag has this:

The Taxi & Limousine Commission has ruled that if a cabby owns his car, he’s allowed to opt out of the ads that sit atop it, striking a blow against gentleman’s clubs citywide. As the rules stood previously, the owner of the taxi medallion, not the car, had the final say bout the contents of its roof ad, much to the dismay of religious or conservative drivers. “We are Muslims, and we do not like the ads,” said a man who was forced to ride around with a Flashdancers sign all day. One cabby said he had to walk to mosque rather than be seen with “disgusting things.”
(MORE with Pamela Geller)

Are taxi-top advertisements for strip clubs, like this one for Flash Dancers, inappropriate?
(Photo: David Goldman for The New York Times)

Taxi Driver to children outside of Yeshiva: ‘All Jewish children must die!’

July 19, 2011

(Manchester) Taha Osman is an Iraqi Kurd who sought and gained asylum in the UK. He settled in the north of the country and found employment as a Taxis driver. (For all the claims of Islam was a champion of science’s in the past, it appears that the only thing these clever people are able to do, is drive a Taxis)

Taha Osman, 36, shrieked 'All Jewish children must die' at shocked mums outside King David School in Crumpsall
Taha Osman

Anyway while off duty Taha decided to go shopping during the evening school run and found himself stuck in traffic outside King David School. Angry at been caught up in Traffic, Taha like all Muslims decided to vent all his frustration out on Jewish women and children. Which is why shocked Children asked their mothers why that man was shouting at them. Not known for intelligent banter Taha proceeded too shout out of his car window : ‘All Jewish children must die!’ which was followed up by: ‘Jewish people were ‘animals’ who ‘should not be allowed in this country’.
For acting like only a Muslim can towards Jewish women and children, Taha pleaded not guilty to causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress . Unfortunately for Taha people in the UK have woken up to the lie that is ‘Islam is a religion of peace and he was found guilty.
However as this is the UK, his punishment was a community order. Thankfully the taxi firm which employed him had more of a backbone than the courts and he was sacked. Me I would deport his Islamic arse back to Iraq where he can blame the jews as much as he wants. from an Eye on the World: Iraqi asylum seeker: “Jewish people are ‘animals’ who ‘should not be allowed in this country”