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Rhode Island State Officials Debate Minimum Livery Fare

Posted on May 2, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. — Supporters of a minimum charge on all rides offered by limousines, livery cabs and other so-called public motor vehicles argue that it’s a necessary mechanism to differentiate them from taxis.

Opponents counter that a price floor unfairly protects taxi companies from competition by restricting new smartphone application-based ride services offered by tech firms such as Uber and Lyft.

Excerpt: “Their technology has proven to be an innovator for our industry, but innovation comes with responsibility,” said John Olinger, owner of Cranston-based limo company All Occasion Transportation.

Providence Journal article here

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