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
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
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.