Limousine Operators & Cabbies Fight Over Proposed Rate Hike

Posted on July 20, 2005 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

HOUSTON – Another controversy is brewing at City Hall where taxi cab drivers and limousine owners are lining up on opposite sides of a proposed rate hike.

At Houston's biggest airport, change is in the air. Catching a ride will cost more if the City Council approves a proposal to jack up fares for both limousines and taxis. Houston cabbies haven't seen a fare increase in more than three years while the price of gas has done nothing but go up. Yellow Cab is supporting a fare increase that makes $43 the minimum for a run to the airport from anywhere.

"The number-one cost of drivers is gasoline and gasoline is up 50% over the last four years," said Raymond Turner of Yellow Cab.

Limousine operator Richard Mishriky said that the current rate of $50 for a limousine ride is fair. The proposed 50% increase could price him out of business. "We're going to lose a lot of corporate clients who are not expecting an increase," he said.

The Limousine Association of Houston (LAH) argues fares should be what the market will bear – not what City Council wants them to be. "We'd like to see reason prevail in Houston. Reasonable people should agree – let's not price ourselves out of the market for conventions and tourism," said Joe Jordan, president of the association.

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