The Market on Taxi

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Submitted By Jack27
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Good opinion piece. The way the medallions turned into a highly sought after legal tender needs scrutiny. When the owners started leasing cabs by the flat fee for a shift, then the medallions became bullet-proof money makers: No matter how slow the business was, the owners made out. When Boston Cab Company used a paid-mileage system, where the initial lease fee was less than $10/shift (about 45 cents /mile) and gas-ups on the garage dime, then the drivers were not ever placed in that serf-like scenario. I know this, because I drove under both scenarios in the very early 1980's....part of that time (2 years) as a "company" driver using their paid-mileage system, the other part as a driver of an "independent" cab that operated under the "association" (meaning painted like a Boston Cab..brown/white, with the same radio dispatch system). When I drove for the "company" (Then owned/operated by the Barenholtz brothers), I was never discriminated against, though I will say that the "window of shame" behavior was about 50 times worse than that depicted by the TV show "TAXI", with absolutely no humor involved. When I drove for an independent, then I had extreme mobility, but I had to pay a $40/shift fee and fill the cab with gas. It could be a tough nut to crack (about $50) on a daily basis at that time, but I preferred it. What seems to have happened now is that the leases are just too expensive for the drivers in relation to the fare structure and the cost-of-living. When I drove in the late 70's early 80s, the drivers of the Boston Cab system were diverse, but it seemed there were a lot of young white Americans driving. As soon as the structure became increasingly unfair, then cab driving in boston became a business where immigrants took the wheel, and took the abuse as well, due to their status in our society. (by the way: Im sure most of the immigrant drivers in Boston…...

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