If we understand that Seattle’s cab industry were well-tolerated, and liked, then an explanation regarding the current high disdain (among certain groups) for the cab industry is what’s needed [“End taxi monopoly and protect rider safety,” Opinion, Feb. 23]. Poorly informed editorials about how glorious it is to undermine a regulated industry are not needed.
Sooner or later, it will be understood that Seattle’s ignorance led to not adjusting the number of cabs to the level of demand (for more than 20 years, there has been no increase in the number of cabs) and the myopic increase of the cab mileage rate, leading to bloated rates for long trips, but subpar rates for short trips.
I have worked in the cab industry for several decades. I know that jettisoning regulations that require cabs to be a standard, clearly identifiable vehicle and requiring all business be done regardless of profitability are severe mistakes.
Only naive fools embrace the idea of having a menagerie of unregulatable vehicles operate on public streets. And only fools would approve of a city ignoring its commitment to keeping a regulated industry viable.
Deborah Duggan, Seattle