posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 03:30 AM
I just wanted to throw this out there for anyone and everyone cuz maybe someone can draw some attention to this mess and can have some influence
whereas maybe I could not.
This is kinda long so don't kill me. It's the cities proposed new regulations for the taxi industry in Oxford, MS which is in fact one of it's
largest and most profitable industries due to it being a college town and generating so much buzz around baseball and football seasons. There are
quite literally between 9-10 taxi companies here (which is more than Memphis, TN or Jackson, MS has btw) each company having somewhere between 5-20
Note: The parking here for taxis is quite literally almost nonexistent. We are now not allowed to park in any of the available "special" spots and
then go in anywhere to get something to eat or we receive a ticket for "leaving our vehicle unattended." We also may not block traffic in order to
pick anyone up or we will receive a ticket for "obstructing traffic." I don't know about you but it seems a heck of a way to thank an industry
that is saving countless lives by taking the drunk college kids home and preventing DUI's and many deaths I'm quite sure, when they have not
provided us with any parking and have all but refused to do so any time it is brought up and then when there is no where to park we receive a ticket
for pulling to a stop when flagged down and picking people up!
This is not the end you say? *GASP* NOPE NOT EVEN CLOSE NOW THIS!
Look here these are the new regulations for taxi owners and drivers.
Click Here for full document!
We have what is called a flat rate and "shared" taxi system in Oxford, MS every company uses it. That basically means we charge a flat rate to go
to and from any given destination in Oxford and we try and fit as many people in the taxi as possible. Soloing it or one person riding by themselves
while there are crowds of people waiting for rides is unacceptable so to speak. Now the city has stepped in with mandated prices we are not to go
over, when many of these companies have been established for many years or as little as one year and have already established prices and a price list
that all our customer bases are happy with.
Essentially what's going on is a lot of this is said to be being done for the fairness and safety of the "patrons." That's fine but where's our
representation? We're not getting any plain and simple! Someone call the unions, the ACLU, a constitutional lawyer, or somebody and see if we
can't get some heavy hitters on the side of the taxi companies out here!