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trying to fund transport infrastructure projects from a sustainable tax
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From: Todd Alexander Litman [mailto:litman@...
Sent: 23 December 2002 22:28
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Subject: Re: [WorldTransport] Taxi deregulation
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At 03:03 PM 12/23/2002 +0100, Eric Britton wrote:
>From: Footlickers@... [mailto:Footlickers@...]
>Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 1:55 AM
>My name is Robert. I own a taxi in Canberra Australia. Our local
>government is trying to convince our taxi company that deregulation is
>good. We have yet to be persuaded. Do you have any information on
>deregulation with regards the Spanish experience especially in Madrid and
>Barcelona. I'm also interested in the shortcomings or good points relating
>to the taxi radio system and how it can be improved. Perhaps you could
>email me at your convenience? If I have contacted you by mistake and you
>cannot help me, could you possibly pass my request on to the relevant
>person with a CC to me? Thanks Robert
>Paris, Monday, December 23, 2002
>The best I can do for you today is to forward your request for help to
>several groups with background in these matters. Which I am doing with
>Less usefully perhaps, I can also offer you the following brief comments
>based on some years of studying and working with taxi issues, always in a
>broader overall transport and community context. And often with an eye to
>what we can do with better information and communications technology.
> * When you hear the word deregulation, you do well to reach for your
> evolver (sorry). Not least because enough of the experience with
> deregulating transport over the last decade-plus has been extremely
> disappointing, for a variety of reasons.
> * As much as anything else, I would say that the problem resides in
> the fact that all too often the approach taken is simplistic,
> mechanistic, rhetoric-driven, and rushed. The results have largely born
> this out.
> * I have looked in taxi operations in a couple of dozen places over
> the years and on just about all of the continents, and I have to say that
> upon reflection one of the words that comes not at the top of my list is:
> flexibility. Not that the taxis themselves are not flexible and indeed
> this should be included in one of the underlying targets of anything we
> do to change their guiding framework, i.e., more and not less flexibility
> --; rather that the structures of ordinances and laws within which they
> perform their functions tend to be stodgy and unnecessarily constraining.
> * So, the goal has to be not to deregulate, but to improve, to create
> (and how I hate the expression) win-win situations in which the owners,
> drivers, their clients and the community all come out with big
> gains. And indeed it is possible (though that has to be the topic of
> something a bit more substantial than this off the cuff reply).
> * The key to successful transportation policy is, has to be, deep
> analysis and dialogue. Moreover, in the case of a public service
> function such as taxis, the entire process of dialogue needs to be
> inclusive, broad and probably slowish. This can prove irritating for
> go-getting politicians and administrators looking to hold up the bull s
> ears and tail, but hey we are looking at one of the older professions and
> in many cases the ordinances governing them stretch back a couple of
> centuries, including, ironically, in cities that have themselves not been
> around that long (as a result of copycat regulation in the first place).
> * You gotta know what you want as the bottom line. To me it seems
> pretty simple: more taxis, more people in them, better wages for drivers,
> increased earnings for the industry, greater accessibility for all,
> higher priority in the traffic stream, better driver safety and working
> conditions, more versatility, greater flexibility, and a greater
> contribution to the community as a whole.
> * One real enemy to avoid is that of sub-optimization on any
> score. This has been the bane of transport policy and practice in the
> past, sector by sector, and has almost invariably led to a situation of
> feeding further decline and future problems, usually at enhanced scale
> and impact.
> * One barrier we find in many places is that it is next too impossible
> to organist demonstration or pilot projects to test out and prove new
> approaches and principles. SO, if one of the handmaidens of so-called
> deregulation is that the new context will permit more and better trial
> projects, then someone is starting to do something right.
> * Finally, let me share an opinion with you as to what is quite
> possibly one of the worst ways of setting a new policy in this area: And
> this is to hand the job over to some consultants (hey! I am a consultant)
> who then work with vigor, timeliness and gratifyingly under the whip of
> their public sector and political masters to come up with the answer
> package. Oops.
>To conclude: You have to know what you want. And process is all.
>Hope that helps.
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