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August 12, 2014
By its decision to regulate Uber as a "common carrier" ( "Uber is 'common carrier,' commission rules," Aug. 7), the Maryland Public Service Commission stands athwart the tide of technology and history. Allowed to stand, the ruling would harm Marylanders. Why restrict Uber's freedom of operation at all? The public love Uber's quick, reliable service. Virtually no one is complaining apart from taxicab companies. In our time of the Internet, global positioning systems and smartphones, the PSC's decision to prevent Uber from using its celebrated "surge pricing" to assure prompt service all across the area is nuts.
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NEWS
August 12, 2014
By its decision to regulate Uber as a "common carrier" ( "Uber is 'common carrier,' commission rules," Aug. 7), the Maryland Public Service Commission stands athwart the tide of technology and history. Allowed to stand, the ruling would harm Marylanders. Why restrict Uber's freedom of operation at all? The public love Uber's quick, reliable service. Virtually no one is complaining apart from taxicab companies. In our time of the Internet, global positioning systems and smartphones, the PSC's decision to prevent Uber from using its celebrated "surge pricing" to assure prompt service all across the area is nuts.
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NEWS
By Kim Clark | November 7, 1991
Sixty-eight more taxicabs will roam Baltimore streets soon.Taxi regulators said yesterday that they have settled a 4-year-old dispute with cab companies over how many taxis are needed to serve the city. The agreement will let the state Public Service Commission schedule a lottery to issue owner permits to 68 lucky cabdrivers.The regulators, seeking to improve the city's much-maligned cab service, want to issue more permits for drivers to own and operate their own cabs, said commission attorney Bryan G. Moorhouse.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The city of Annapolis has ordered Uber, the company behind a popular ride-sharing application, to stop its service in the capital until it registers as a taxi company. Mayor Mike Pantelides said Monday it's important for Uber to follow the same regulations as the taxicabs that operate in Annapolis. "I'm happy to know there is another means of transportation that will help increase our city's mobility efforts, but I must also be diligent in insisting that they are regulated, just like our taxicabs, in an effort to keep our citizens and visitors safe," Pantelides said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | January 14, 1992
More than 900 applicants are vying for the 68 Baltimore City taxicab permits to be handed out in a lottery this week by the state Public Service Commission.The lottery, to be conducted Thursday, comes after a settlement between the PSC and Baltimore cab companies, which had blocked an earlier distribution of the cab permits scheduled in August.The prizes in the drawing, which will take place at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial Building on Gay Street, are permits that have been surrendered to the PSC over the course of the last few decades.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
On a brutally cold January day I waited for a Yellow cab to take my mom to chemotherapy. I had booked the cab the night before on the Yellow cab website. It never showed. Neither did the second cab the dispatcher sent. The next time I used Uber. It worked perfectly, and I have never looked back ( "Make room for ride-sharing," April 28). Uber is popular for one reason: It works and the cab companies don't. Uber provides accountability. You rate the Uber driver on your smartphone by awarding stars.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | November 8, 1990
The state Public Service Commission has granted Baltimore taxi cab drivers an emergency 9 percent increase because of rising gasoline prices.The rate increase, which was opposed by two cab owners and the Office of the People's Counsel, boosts the price of an average cab ride from $4.40 to $4.80 effective immediately. An average ride, according to the commission, is 3.8 miles long with two minutes of waiting time.Under the terms of the emergency increase granted yesterday, the cab companies will not increase the rent that drivers must pay for cabs; the full amount of the increase will go to the cab driver, who must pay for the gasoline.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | March 29, 1991
Citing poor service to customers who call for cabs, a hearing examiner for the Public Service Commission has rejected a 19.3 percent rate increase for city cab companies.The surprise decision came despite an agreement among the cab companies, the PSC staff and the Office of the People's Counsel that such a rate increase was appropriate. But testimony by a group representing the blind persuaded hearing examiner O. Ray Bourland 3rd that the cab companies should not get the increase."The call service provided by Baltimore taxicab companies is, if not inadequate, close enough to it as to warrant substantial improvement," Bourland said in his decision, dated yesterday.
NEWS
By Staff report | February 19, 1991
Taxi cabs and garbage lead the list of topics up for discussion at tonight's County Council meeting.A public hearing will discuss forming a city-county task force that would study cutting Anne Arundel'sgarbage by 50 percent in the next nine years. The resolution to create the task force is proposed by Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis.And, for the first time in four years, the council will consider restructuring fares and licensing fees for the county's taxi cab companies. Amendments to the county's taxicab ordinance, sponsored by County Executive Robert R. Neall, also would require cab companies to transport animals licensed to assist the handicapped, such as seeing-eye dogs.
NEWS
April 28, 2014
The apparent decision by a state administrative law judge to declare Uber a "common carrier" once again illustrates that Maryland is trapped in the past by special interest lobbyists ( "Rules loom for car service," April 25). As the Sun reporters point out, the state legislature was asked this year to enact legislation that would have required Uber to provide a certain amount of ride-share insurance and would have enabled Uber to continue calling itself a smartphone app (which it actually is)
NEWS
April 29, 2014
On a brutally cold January day I waited for a Yellow cab to take my mom to chemotherapy. I had booked the cab the night before on the Yellow cab website. It never showed. Neither did the second cab the dispatcher sent. The next time I used Uber. It worked perfectly, and I have never looked back ( "Make room for ride-sharing," April 28). Uber is popular for one reason: It works and the cab companies don't. Uber provides accountability. You rate the Uber driver on your smartphone by awarding stars.
NEWS
April 28, 2014
The apparent decision by a state administrative law judge to declare Uber a "common carrier" once again illustrates that Maryland is trapped in the past by special interest lobbyists ( "Rules loom for car service," April 25). As the Sun reporters point out, the state legislature was asked this year to enact legislation that would have required Uber to provide a certain amount of ride-share insurance and would have enabled Uber to continue calling itself a smartphone app (which it actually is)
NEWS
May 20, 2013
While what Uber Technologies says is essentially true that they own no vehicles and do not have drivers, they are clearly providing transportation through their app ("PSC to decide if Uber must comply with taxi rules," May 16). Any driver who owns a car can sign up with Uber, and Uber will refer people requesting transportation to them. It is essentially the same as picking up the phone and calling a taxicab. The real issue is the safety of the riding public. A taxicab in Baltimore must meet a number of stringent rules and regulations.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The state Public Utilities Commission will schedule a formal hearing on whether to make Uber Technologies, which lets Baltimore customers hail a town car by smart phone, abide by regulations that govern taxi companies. The app-driven startup company Uber entered the Baltimore market in January, raising the ire of local cab companies that said it was skirting state regulations. Century-old Yellow Cab filed a challenge with the commission, contending that Uber should not be allowed to operate here until it complies with the same safety and insurance regulations as traditional taxi and limo companies.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
A man forced a cab driver to pull over, and claiming to be a police officer pounded on his car, Anne Arundel County police said Thursday. Police said that shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, an employee of Cab Connection in Linthicum told officers that one of the company's drivers was followed into the Motor Vehicle Administration lot in Glen Burnie by a driver due to a disagreement over a possible traffic violation. Police said the man boxed in the company's driver, and wearing a jacket with the word "police" on the back, claimed to be a police officer, confronted the company's driver, and pounded on the hood of the driver's vehicle before fleeing.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2003
O. Felix Townsend, who drove the streets of Baltimore for more than 50 years as a taxicab owner-operator, died Tuesday of heart failure at Millennium Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Burnie. The former Severna Park resident was 92. Born in Horntown on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Mr. Townsend spent his boyhood in Stockton, Va., before moving to Baltimore in the 1920s. He received a diploma from the old Baltimore Business College and was a clerk at Baker, Watts & Co., an investment banking company then at Calvert and Redwood streets in downtown Baltimore.
NEWS
By Ross Hetrick | January 14, 1992
More than 900 applicants are vying for the 68 Baltimore City taxicab permits to be handed out in a lottery this week by the state Public Service Commission.The lottery, to be conducted Thursday, comes after a settlement between the PSC and Baltimore cab companies, which had blocked an earlier distribution of the cab permits scheduled in August.The prizes in the drawing, which will take place at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial Building on Gay Street, are permits that have been surrendered to the PSC over the course of the last few decades.
NEWS
January 16, 1991
Competition among cab companies could return to the city.The City Council learned at its regular meeting Monday that a Finksburg resident is considering buying and resurrecting Westminster Taxi Service,which shut down in November.Cab driver Leroy Turnbaugh told the council he was looking to buythe company's license and equipment, and asked whether the council would approve transfer of the license.The council said it could not approve the transfer until a sale had occurred, but members told Turnbaugh they saw no obstacles to processing the license transfer.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2001
If you jump into a Baltimore taxi soon, you stand a good chance of being pulled over by police for no reason at all. A program that began yesterday allows city officers to stop most cabs to briefly check on the well-being of drivers and passengers as part of a safety initiative called Taxis on Patrol (TOP). In addition, drivers are being trained to help police report suspicious activity and crime, "to be extra eyes and ears to assist us in keeping the city safe," said Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2000
The cost of hailing a taxi at Baltimore-Washington International Airport is expected to rise soon to help offset the rapid rise of gasoline prices -- a business cost that cab companies say is cutting into profits and making it hard to keep drivers. BWI Airport Taxi -- the only taxi service licensed to pick up passengers at the airport -- and other Anne Arundel cab companies have asked for an increase of more than 20 percent. If approved, the cost of a 15-mile ride would jump from $19.90 to $24.55, assuming no heavy traffic slows the trip.
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