Listen to Drex’ Editorial: Break the Taxi Monopoly
The Passenger Transportation Board has approved 58 temporary taxi licences for Vancouver to make sure there are more cabs on the road these holidays.
But Carolyn Bauer with the Vancouver Taxi Association tells CKNW’s Lynda Steele that that’s not good enough. You’ll hear her whine about it in a few seconds.
Four Vancouver-based taxi companies had applied for 198 temporary permits for additional cabs until March. But the passenger board was not having a bar of it.
Now, it’s important to remember that Carolyn Bauer with the Vancouver taxi association may have complained that the board didn’t approve more temporary taxi permits over Christmas…
But at the same time, Bauer and her association fiercely opposes Suburban taxis operating in downtown Vancouver, she opposes Uber, in fact she and her association opposes any changes to the way we as customers get a ride. They want the rules to stay the exact same and shut other alternate businesses out.
But as the future rolls in these Taxi associations acting like mafia types will go the way of the dodo.
Your industry is uncompetitive, has horrible customer service, you refuse rides sometimes leaving people on the side of the road late at night (sometimes the cab you book never shows) sometimes the taxi you book for yourself because you’re in a wheelchair may not ever show. It happened this week
If Bauer wanted to solve the problem without crying poor for her Vancouver taxi boys why didn’t she relent and let some of the suburban taxi companies come into the city to pick up the slack? They’d be welcome
Especially by me. Who the hell am I? I’m the cash paying customer who needs a ride, not a hyper “dead end focused” association who are buying their exclusivity. Yes, they’re buying their monopoly.
Here’s Bauer on the Lynda Steele show today.
But guess who you can’t buy? The Passenger Transportation Board.
The suburban taxis were actually approved for 38 vehicles from seven suburban taxi companies to work downtown Friday and Saturday nights three years ago by the passenger transportation board.
But licenses were halted by Vancouver City Hall.
Mohan Kang, spokesperson for the B.C. Taxi Association spoke with Shelby Thom.
She asked Mohan if city hall halted the ability to have surburban taxis downtown.
So…once again, so you’re following the story… those suburban licenses were halted by Vancouver City Hall.
And, for fun… how much money do you think the Vancouver Taxi Association gave Vision Vancouver during the last election?
Carolyn Bauer was asked by Lynda Steele this afternoon: what if they’re part of the problem here?
Her response? To make everyone feel sympathy for them because of all the money they donate to charity.
The only donations that matter here when you’re trying to keep a monopoly on an industry is the donations you make to political organizations that make that monopoly a reality.
Great, good on you!!! you’re a good corporate citizen you give to charities. Who doesn’t? It doesn’t make you special. If anything it shows you’re willing to bring those up in a media interview to plead your untenable position.
Between 2005 and 2015, the Vancouver Taxi Association gave the BC Liberal party how much?
And why hasn’t the BC NDP made any noise about it? Between 2005 and 2015, the Vancouver Taxi Association gave the BC NDP a total Contribution of $42,100.
So there’s no rush to make any noise for consumers. To me it looks like the Vancouver Taxi Association has bought their exclusivity. But nothing will change until we as tax payers demand transparency.
So how do fix this problem, when Vision, the NPA, the BC Liberals and the BC NDP have all taken donations from the Vancouver Taxi Association? Who do we turn to to stop the BS?