Loosening Minneapolis Taxi Regulations – Still Tougher than Uber Standards

Minneapolis has a list of proposed changes to current taxi regulations that may be long-overdue. But, considering what Uber and similar services are allowed to do, this particular provision seems rather strange:

Reducing the total cabs a company must possess, from 15 to five.

That provision also mentions that the 5+ cars must be a similar color scheme.

So, if Uber can own zero cars with no requirements over color scheme while taxis must own at least 5 cars of a similar color scheme, it seems like the changes in regulations would still allow outstate startups to cherry pick fares in Minneapolis while sucking 20% of each fare out of our community. That’s a great deal for Uber, but seems like an unfair playing field for our local taxi businesses.

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