City Council meets this week, and among the dozens of items on their agenda are several related to taxis. Up for third and final reading are franchise renewals for Austin’s two largest cab franchises – Yellow Cab, the biggest franchise with 400 plus permits, and Austin Cab. And they’ve kept the controversy meter running.
On both first and second reading, the permit renewals have been the source of much discussion; galvanized by a report from Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid that argued cabbies suffer from low wages and abysmal working conditions, council has debated the question of whether council can make any substantive changes to the franchises once the agreements are approved, or whether they’ll have to wait five years until the permits expire.
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