TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY YELLOW CAB BOSS BILL GEORGE FACT CHECKS KC STAR TAXI DEREGULATION SCREED AND CHALLENGES LYFT: 'EITHER WAY, WE'RE A PLAYER'
Our TKC blog community brings the LATEST BREAKING NEWS from the drama of Lyft ride-share service in the Kansas City area.
Recently, the Dead Tree Media offers only old school editorial opinion that strangely sides with the out-of-town Internets start-up. Take a look: Give KC a lift by expanding ride options
There aren't a lot facts in that screed so, to keep the conversation going with some original reporting. We sent a message to Kansas City Transportation Group Chief Executive Bill George and he graciously sent this reply.
To wit . . .
YELLOW CAB BOSS BILL GEORGE FACT CHECKS KANSAS CITY TAXI CODES AND CHALLENGES THE LYFT RIDE SHARE OPERATORS!!!
Here is the word from Bill George EXCLUSIVELY AND FIRST on TKC:
"In 2011 the city increased annual taxicab and livery permit fees by 50%. Their stated purpose was to hire more investigators to stop illegal taxis from operating. They acknowledged that unlicensed drivers were dangerous to the public. They were specifically citing gypsy cabs circling the P&L District and preying on unsuspecting passengers We pay an extra 40,000 per year for this new fee. We expect enforcement of the laws
"We're opposed to Lyft claiming they are different than a cab service. There isn't any difference. They respond to on demand calls and charge a fee for transportation. If they want to do away with the taxicab permit laws, we're ok with that. As long as they understand there's either laws for every cab operator or laws for none. Either way, we're a player"
Now, this isn't as sexy as the previous open challenge betwixt old school taxi services and tech entrepreneurs going up against local laws . . . However, insiders offered us a look at this report that details taxi cab deregulation consequences. We're posting it because the info is going to be referenced quite a bit as this debate moves forward.
Again, we hear that Lyft is getting ready to pull the plug on their KC operation but it's surprising to see Dead Tree Media spin their local opinion toward out of town Silicon Valley tech people instead of with local cabbies and their company.
Developing . . .