Leppert Talks Taxis on National Public Radio
|One abandoned cab getting a tow from Love Field Monday evening|
At long last, the long-simmering fight, which has involved litigation and court orders and New Year's Eve boycotts and on and on, makes national news -- at least, National Public Radio's All Things Considered. You can listen to the audio on your drive home this evening (it won't be posted till 6, for those of you who didn't drive to work this morning), or read the story here. An excerpt:
The independent drivers say this new policy is not about air quality at all. They say this is really about driving independent black cab owners out of business, so white businessmen can step into a nice, new CNG cab when they get off their plane.
Leppert says cab quality is a consideration for the city but says it's not the purpose of the policy.
"If you get in reasonably nicely dressed, you don't want to get in that cab," said Leppert. "[The regular gas cabs are] not clean, old, used, all of those sorts of things."