The City of Sacramento recently proposed new rules governing the operation of taxi services, with the full support of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Sacramento Hotel Association, the Downtown Partnership and other civic organizations. Yellow Cab Co. of Sacramento is also in full support of these efforts.
The proposed taxi ordinance, which was presented March 18 by the city’s Law & Legislation Committee, aims to professionalize the local taxi industry by requiring that drivers adopt industry best practices and minimum standards for customer service. The committee’s recommendations included, among others:
- An age limit on taxi vehicles
- Dispatch by means of two-way radio or mobile data terminals, rather than by cell phone
- Taxi Driver testing requirements
- Requirement of taxi operators to accept credit cards
- Prohibition on taxicab drivers preventing customers from entering other taxicabs and preventing other drivers from lawfully entering a parking space
Some of these recommendations, such as limiting the age of taxi vehicles and prohibiting drivers from preventing customers from choosing a different cab, are simply common-sense measures aimed at protecting the safety and well being of the traveling public. Others, such as requiring that drivers accept credit cards, are intended to make a positive, professional first impression on visitors to our community.
Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento has been serving our region since 1917. Our father began driving for the company in 1937 and became a company owner in 1951. Our family is proud of our company and of its tradition of safe, professional and courteous service. We are proud of our role in Sacramento’s history and of our ongoing efforts to improve the taxi industry. That’s why we support this ordinance. We think the new rules would be good for cab drivers, for taxi companies, for local business development and tourism, and for customers.