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Too many unlicensed taxis

The Salt Lake City Council spent $50,000 for an "expert" to review ground transportation. The review consists of numerous misquotes and bad analysis of data. A key point is the expert's statement that all taxi drivers said there were too many taxis on the road. This is interpreted to mean there are too many licensed taxis on the road. The truth is there are too many unlicensed taxis on the road. The council wants to reduce the number of legal taxis by 25 percent. Ever try to get a taxi between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. on a weekend? It can be trying. Imagine 25 percent fewer cars available. You may as well just drive, you've only "had a couple." That is the direction the council is forcing you to go. This is just the tip of the iceberg of bad data input and analysis in the $50,000 expert review. The public deserves better.

Jim Curtis