Permits for Yellow Taxi
By Shane Sooter
March 24, 2010
Now, I must be honest, I was against the permit increase for
the simple fact it would increase the competition between my
fellow drivers and the other two companies, but with the comments
made at the Ketchikan City Council meeting last Thursday, I have
had a mind change.
I have been a Yellow Taxi driver in Ketchikan for 13 years, and
I'm disappointed in the recent council decision to block Mr.
Flora's company from expanding. I would be very up set and real
mad towards the council if they kept me from expanding my company.
That makes no sense at all !!
It's especially frustrating to see the council's complete unawareness
regarding how important tourism is to us. Without the visitor
industry there would essentially be no taxi industry. We barely
survive each winter.
I don't understand why the council bought into Mr McDonald's
wanting to prevent cabs from tourism (something we were doing
long before there even were "Independent Tour Operators").
There should be enough taxis so that there is always a choice
for visitors. They should walk up and see a bus AND a taxi, and
let the rider chose. If the visitors see only busses and bus
booths when they get off the boat, that means there are not enough
taxis in service.
Also, I don't get why the council seems to think we have to be
hopelessly behind and some sort of clown show before being allowed
to expand.We are the only ones who know what the quality of our
service should be.
About: "I have lived in
Ketchikan for almost 30 yrs. I have been a Taxi driver for the
last 13 yrs. I have also been involved in the tourist industry
as a driver/guide back in the 80's."
Received March 23, 2009 - Published
March 24, 2010
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