Why doesn't the PSC issue permits directly to drivers? Charge $1,000 for a permit, and, if only 200 drivers sign up, the state receives an immediate $200,000 windfall. Make the renewal fee high, perhaps $500 a year, and the additional income would continue into the foreseeable future. Prohibit the transfer of permits, and normal turnover would add to the pot. The taxpayers would profit, we'd get more cabs on the street without having to raise rates and the cab companies could stop worrying about finding drivers for their empty cabs and get on with the business of improving radio call service.