by Max Brantley
The litigation held that the City’s “necessary and convenience” standard for the issuance of Taxi Permits violated the Arkansas Constitution monopoly provision. While the City contests the finding, in light of the change in transportation through Transportation Network Companies – e.g., Uber, Lyft – over which the City has not authority, it is hard, if not impossible, to justify denial of a Taxi Permit based upon the number of existing operators.A final order in the case was issued in January and no notice of appeal was filed.
When Ken’s Cab, LLC, made this application, then, there was no reason to deny it as long as it complied with various ordinance requirements – e.g., location of a 24/7/365 dispatch center in the City. Fleet Services has reviewed this application and found compliance with these provisions.