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Shadow Market For Taxi Permits Lucrative For Some, Hardship For Others

Thanks for the clarification, Tom. I'm really glad that KPBS is covering this subject. The thinly veiled racism in the comment thread aside, being a taxi driver was once a lucrative job and drivers could earn a living wage. I can't imagine the people they have to deal with on a daily/nightly basis and to so often be treated like servants by the public. I don't know that the black market will ever go away, but it would be great if more drivers could carry their own medallions. Most drivers don't, so they pay a lease, they pay dispatch services, they pay their fuel, and they are held responsible for all vehicle upkeep and maintenance (which is super strict by MTS, contrary to some of the comments above). I really hope this is one of the many things Bob Filner can tackle while in office.

Fun fact: I bet I can just look at this comment thread and tell you who always finds some reason to *not* tip their drivers.

June 15, 2013 at 9:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )