Taxi Companies feeling the heat
Taxi companies are feeling the pressure after a judge issued an opinion on a case. This could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines against Latino owned businesses.
Correa said if the companies were found guilty they could be forced to close, which would affect “thousands of residents of our communities who make use of the limousine service to go to work, go to the doctor, go shopping, or attend school.” He previously alleged township has engaged in “a campaign” to force Latino-owned taxi and limousine companies out of business.
What about Taxis in Somerville and Cambridge
The question here is whether Law enforcement will unfairly target Latino-based taxi companies in Somerville and Cambridge, MA based on their ownership. We all know that Uber has shaken the industry. As a result, regulators around the country are increasing the pressure to make sure the taxi industry survives. However, many private taxi and limousine companies seem to bear the brunt of this pressure.
For example, in Cambridge, MA, the city tried to push away Uber drivers by taking Uber to court. When the city failed, they pushed hard against any non-city drivers. They did this by threatening them, trying to remove their licensing, and illegally ticketing them. It also seems that the city cannot fight Uber due to its size. Instead, the focus turned to smaller, minority-owned taxi companies in Somerville and Cambridge, MA.
Is this good for the citizens of Somerville and Cambridge? Should the city be reducing small businesses while letting mega businesses thrive? Small, minority-owned taxi cabs in Boston cannot afford lawyers like Uber can. This makes small companies an easier target. If the city thinks that they will rid the problem this way, they need to think again. Many of these drivers will just join shared-ride companies like Lyft and Uber.
For now, the city is just not sure what to do with the decrease in business that city-regulated taxis are feeling. So many companies are taking it upon themselves to counter punch. More taxis are now accepting credit cards. In Somerville, there are now taxi vans. Taxis have also produced similar apps to Uber for instant calls and reservations to Logan Airport.
For now, taxi companies are assuming for the best, but preparing for the worst. We hope that minority companies will survive this mess.