PORTLAND, ORE. ? A 10-year battle between cab companies and livery operators continues in front of Portland’s International Airport and its downtown hotels. In an effort to level the playing field, city regulators may intervene further than they have in the past.
Cab companies are still reporting shrinking profit margins as they lose business to black cars honing in on their market. Taxi companies claim that rates offered by the larger and fancier Town Cars prevail, despite existing city regulations requiring executive cars to maintain more expensive fees. In addition, other city rules mandate that black car service be pre-booked only, but cell phones and private deals have deemed that effort ineffective over the years as well.
The city’s Private-for-Hire Transportation Review Board is considering multiple proposals, one of which may require that executive rides be reserved hours in advance. Another may call for operators to have a street address and telephone, much like cab companies are required to. Criticism from independent operators is expected once the recommendations are brought before the city council.
Source: The Oregonian