Thursday, February 10, 2011

KCMO has Enough Cabs

I can't wait to see less taxis in KC
Tracy Ward, my favorite candidate for KC's City Council highlights on her campaign site the KC city council's war on cabs and expansion of businesses. Up for votes are measures that would increase the application fees and fines for liquor licensees seeking to expand, for taxi companies wishing to add cabs, livery vehicles or sightseeing vehicles to their fleet (and making it that much more expensive to start a new cab company) and a tenfold increase in any person who dares to operate as a taxi or bus for an evening shepherding around drunks for instance.

All of these increases are rather egregious and show just how little the KC city council thinks of the drinking public. The drinking public uses liquor licensed businesses and use cabs more than the average Kansas Citian. While these fees are relatively small compared to the cost of starting, operating or further expanding a business, they are very real costs for very very little benefit. The real cost will be fewer cabs, fewer transportation options for someone who's had too much to drink and needs to get home and fewer successful bars and restaurants. I guess the city council of KC thinks they have enough bars, restaurants and cabs.


  1. I believe that the increase in the cab fees were pushed by the cab industry in KC. They are concerned that non-licensed cabs are operating out of the airport. That puts consumers at risk and hurts the legitimate cab operations.

    The fees would go to hire an inspector.

    As to the increase in the liquor license fees it just adds $200 for a license to expand the premises of a bar, etc. With the no smoking ordinance there has been an increase in bar expansions to accomodate outdoor venues for smokers. Those areas also need to be inspected by liquor control services to ensure that they are compliant.

    I get Tracy's war on the e-tax. I just don't know how she would plan on replacing those dollars when a $100 increase on cab registration and a $200 fee for business inspections when they expand draws such ire.

  2. Exactly, the cab companies lobbied for an increase in fees for [made up reason] which, as a side effect, limits entrants to the market and solidifies their position in the market.

    The city gets to increase bureaucracy and pay for one more civil servant with little to no effectiveness. The inspector's ineffectiveness will only cause the city to increase the funding for the office, maybe getting a second inspector paid for by another increase in the licensing fee. Start again at the beginning.

    Everybody wins, except the citizens of KCMO.

  3. I am with Bull on this one and as soon as I figure out the log in and or follow I will no longer show as the "who is this" guy...