Syracuse cab drivers went to city council Wednesday afternoon to demand an equal playing field. Now that Uber has been introduced to Syracuse, taxi cabs have been hit hard with less demand. Just two years ago there were 43 taxi services, now there is just 19.
Frank Manzi III was one of six taxi company owners that went to city council Wednesday in the hopes that "city council could back them up in their fight for survival in the age of digital ride hailing."
Among the various points and complaints taxi operators made, there was one that was particularly interesting. They said there are certain "regulations" cab drivers must abide by that Uber drivers do not.
For example, Cab drivers "undergo a police background check and must pass a physical every three years. Vehicles are subject to an annual inspection by the city. A taxi license costs $300 a year." However, Uber drivers do none of that.
Jacques Zenner, vice president of the Syracuse Independent Taxi Association, said "I think it's time to level the playing ground."
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