The D.C. Taxicab Commission has a problem dealing with reporters, but that’s far from the only problem with the commission. Does it need reform, or should it be abolished entirely?
Even before the current video imbroglio, there was widespread agreement that the Taxi Commission was broken. It simply skipped many meetings. It’s supposed to set taxi policy, but during his tenure as mayor Adrian Fenty took power away from the board.
Now, all of its decisions must go through a mayoral appointee who often simply doesn’t implement their directives. That means a board is making decisions but lacks the power to carry them out.
The commission has three industry members, but currently they are representatives from hospitality industries, not from drivers directly. People differ on whether the taxi drivers should be directly represented, but at the moment they’re in limbo, where they’re supposed to have representation but don’t.
Tommy Wells was already going to be tackling the Taxi Commission problems even before the recording incident. What should the Council do?
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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