Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Meter vs. Zone - in the news again

The Post's article today focuses on the Ethiopian cabbies' reaction. While nobody knows if cabbies would be making more or less under meters (short rides no, long rides yes - but how it comes out in the wash is anybody's guess).

One of the fears that I hadn't even thought about is the fear of regulation - and where it might lead. This seems to me a bit, well over the top, but heck, who knows.

The concern about meters might seem an overreaction. But many see meters as the ultimate regulatory tool, the first in a series of bureaucratic demands that would strip them of their autonomy. Like many small-business owners, the drivers prefer less government meddling. They wonder, what's next? Limited work hours or caps on taxi licenses?

The vast majority of the city's 7,500 taxi drivers are independent contractors.

"This is the only place in the nation where you can really be an independent cabdriver," said Aklile Redie, Ethiopian-born vice president of the D.C. Professional Taxi Drivers Association.


At 9:44 AM, Blogger mikelicht said...

You can't hide cash from the taxman if you have to use a meter.

That's really what this is all about.

Everything else is pretense.


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