Finally, success for the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s taxi medallion auction. But the price was far from what the PPA originally hoped for.
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.
“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.
Philadelphia is now one step closer to having wheelchair-accessible taxicabs available.
But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau launched two social media campaigns for the month of November designed to promote the city here and across the pond.
Since May, when one taxi operator was murdered in West Philadelphia, other drivers have been stabbed, choked, beaten, threatened, and shot.
Ronald Blount, president of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, led a noontime rally of about 100 cabbies at 31st and Market Streets on Friday.