Council on taxis: Let the market decide
Original post made on Jun 24, 2009
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on Jun 24, 2009 at 8:27 am
Huh. Well that explains why I see so few cabs around town. I would be tempted to use Castro St restaurants much more if I could easily catch a cab. I hate to have to call for one.
The city needs to ask residents what they need - although I for one am not willing to sacrifice personal safety for the sake of free trade.
on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:36 am
I like the idea of competition. My concern is safety. I would think twice, maybe three times, before getting in a cab if there were no background check on the driver.
As a cab passenger you put a lot of trust in the driver. You can only trust that the driver knows the way to your destination. You can only trust that the driver is skilled at avoiding traffic accidents. You can only trust that the driver will take you to your destination and not into some dark place for robbery or worse.
Mountain View should work with cities in the surrounding area to vet the cab drivers. That way the work and the cost of the work would be less expensive to each city that participates.
on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm
From a purely practical standpoint, what reliable method will be used to check the background of a recent immigrant from Pakistan?