CITY HALL — The City Council this week voted to temporarily maintain the status quo for taxis in Glendale, overturning a ruling that traffic commissioners said would have opened up more competition.
Members of the Transportation and Parking Commission have in the past year expressed concern that the current permit process favors incumbent operators. Four of the five companies — Bell Cab, Checker Cab, City Cab Co. and Yellow Cab — are under related ownership.
Any taxi can drop a passenger off in Glendale, but to pick up, they must have one of 81 available city permits.
So when City Cab's routine five-year permits came up for renewal, the commission voted to instead set them to expire in 2013, when the last operator permits are 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.