Socialist: City of Seattle Should Take Over Taxi BusinessSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:29
SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant advocates a bold idea for ending the dispute between taxi companies and rideshare businesses - she says the city should take over the taxi business.
Taxi drivers feel they’ll be crushed by competiton, despite the limits on rideshare companies that city council members voted to approve last night.
Because rideshare companies use high-tech service to lure customers away from taxis, councilmember Sawant says the city should step in.
“The real solution to this problem is for the city to have the app, the smartphone app and the dispatch system and to employ taxi drivers as unionized living wage workers,” Sawant told KIRO-7’s Natasha Chen.
The idea is not a surprise coming from Councilmember Sawant, who was elected as a Socialist.