Several local Davis taxi companies have joined together to work to improve the taxi-transportation industry.
Are lawless "taxis" invading Davis?
The TNC (Transportation Network Company) vehicle shown here with "Uber/Lyft" on the front and rear of its taxi top light Thursday evening August 23 was picking up a passenger in downtown Davis.
The Uber app was created to facilitate a driver of a private vehicle sharing a pre-arranged ride with one or more passengers. Because most Uber drivers are picking up passengers to make money, not to share a ride, "ride share" is inaccurate. This Uber vehicle's top light equips it to pick up non-prearranged passengers as a taxi that it's not licensed to do.
For the first time, on Tuesday July 31, the Davis City Council brought taxis onto the meeting agenda. City staff had Item R, an informational report for the Davis City Council. Three Davis cab company representatives and others from the community spoke during public comments on the report "Ride Share and Taxis", which has been renamed Ride Share and Taxi Companies."
Interested people were lucky to find out about the taxi item on the agenda. Shan of A & B Taxi had been coming to City Council meetings, beginning nine months previously, making public comments about problems with Uber and Lyft and asking to be on the agenda. He was last told that it would be postponed until August 28. None of the interested parties were informed that Item R was on the July 31 Davis City Council meeting agenda. It was only because someone in the Davis community looked at the agenda regarding another matter and noticed the taxi item and alerted a cab person.
The report was found lacking by the taxi representatives. The City's position was that the City couldn't do anything about the problem except help with taxi stands. There was an idea to subsidize rides for seniors for water therapy. There was no ready solution for City of Davis regulation of the TNC (Transportation Network Company) limited taxi Uber and Lyft. There is currently CPUC California Public Utility Commission legislation that is pending.
Four cab companies were brought together by the problem brought up at the July 31 Davis City Council meeting
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