Small taxi operations could be eliminated with new regional taxi authority
City Pulse, Lansing MI USA. Wednesday, September 17,2014
A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy.
The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing and awaiting the Lansing vote, would consolidate regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
The rules would require annual vehicle inspections, background checks and minimum insurance requirements. Cab companies would be required to have at least three vehicles and meters on all vehicles (which could be actual or a smart phone app). Ride share services would be required to send electronic receipts and only take rides booked through a digital platform . . .
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