The medallions, required to operate a cab, were the first new ones to be authorized for the city in 15 years, so the Parking Authority expected sales would be brisk and offered them at auction for a minimum bid of $475,000.
The Parking Authority’s general counsel admits that taxi operators are likely to resist these changes, and will make their displeasure known as the proposals are opened to public comment.
What if they threw an auction and nobody came? That’s essentially what happened when the Parking Authority offered the first two of 45 new medallions last week.
“If people know that their face is going to be shown on KYW or CBS, they’re less likely to assault these drivers,” said the president of the Taxi Workers Alliance.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority also approved new rules requiring two security cameras in every taxicab.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s plan to force taxicab owners to convert to wheelchair accessibility is now bogged down in bureaucracy.
Taxi owners are unhappy because they will be forced to get the equipment from a single provider and use only that provider until the agreement expires in June 2013.