Saturday, June 2, 2012

Taxi regulations negatively trickle down to public

Written by Daniel Horwitz, The Tennessean, Jun 2, 2012

Back in April 2011, the Transportation Licensing Commission first made national news when the Institute for Justice sued the TLC in Federal Court for imposing “a host of arbitrary and irrational regulations on limousine and sedan services in an unconstitutional effort to eliminate competition in the transportation market and benefit a small group of industry insiders.”

By May 2012, however, deciding which of the Commission’s myriad gaffes had been most damaging to the city’s reputation had become a topic of heated debate. Was it the time when TLC Director Brian McQuistion claimed that Nashville’s overwhelmingly African-American cab drivers would “resort to crime, prostitution and drug-dealing” if they were permitted to run their own competing taxi company? Or perhaps the time when every TLC employee was ordered to undergo “diversity” training after a taxi inspector remarked that most of the city’s cab drivers were Muslim and “a lot of them blow up places”?

Could it have been the report that the Commission wasted $172,810 on a study to determine whether or not they should hire an additional taxi inspector for $61,800? Or instead the recent story that Nashville’s Chief of Police.....(read more)
This is an excellent commentary on Nashville scandal ridden TLC and the city's anti-competitive policy of fixing prices to benefit the well-connected to the detriment of the public.  I am so disgusted with our previous Metro Council for unanimously passing our current transportation price fixing policy and disgusted with the current Council for not repealing it and cleaning up the mess at TLC.

To learn more about the law suit, the price fixing policy, and the various scandals at TLC mentioned in the above article follow this link.

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