CITY HALL — One of the city's main taxi operators tonight will ask the City Council to overturn a commission-level ruling aimed at breaking a near-monopoly on city-issued operating permits.
In the past year, members of the Transportation and Parking Commission have expressed concern that four of the five taxi operators in Glendale — Bell Cab, Checker Cab, City Cab Co. and Yellow Cab — are under related ownership. And competing companies have alleged that the fifth operator, People's Taxi, is also linked to the company.
So when a routine five-year permit for City Cab came up for renewal, the commission voted to instead set it to expire in 2013, when the last operator permit is set to expire. Commissioners said other permits up for renewal in the interim would also be set to the same date, at which point all taxi companies could compete on a clean slate.
Regulations allow any taxi to drop off customers in Glendale, but only those with city-issued permits can pick up.