Cab Companies Meet with Mayor Brown

Liberty, others seek level playing field

Tom Puckett
January 16, 2018 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Local cab companies will meet with Mayor Brown Tuesday to try to come up with ways to make taxis competitive with the growing market of ridesharing.

"It seems to be a select group of taxi people, and I hope we can come up with some working arrangement," says Bill Yuhnke of Liberty Cab. "If we can't maybe dereguation is in the cards." Yuhnke says Buffalo had an option to regulate, but declined and believes that is on the table.

Yuhnke says the main concerns are that cab drivers must undergo background checks and have car insurance, while ridesharing drivers don't, and can also charge surge fares when cabs are locked in.

Mayor Brown told WBEN last month the city's hands were tied. "Thjs isn't local legislation, so some of the regulatory issues are Albany-regulation, not city of Buffalo regulation," said Brown. "We'll see what can be done at the local level."

Cab companies considered not serving downtown New Year's Eve until State Senator Chris Jacobs intervened, citing safety concerns, leading to an about face. 

Hear Buffalo City Councilman Joseph Golombek:

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