RE: [WorldTransport] Taxi deregulation
- Cheers Todd
I attach a paper on Land Value Taxation which may be of interest to anyone
trying to fund transport infrastructure projects from a sustainable tax
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From: Todd Alexander Litman [mailto:litman@...]
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Subject: Re: [WorldTransport] Taxi deregulation
See the following chapters in our Online TDM Encyclopedia:
Taxi Transport: http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm78.htm
Transportation Regulation Reform: http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm53.htm
Shuttle Services: http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm39.htm
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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- Thank you very much.
Land Value Taxation is one of the strategies discussed in the "Smart Growth
Market Reforms" chapter of our Online TDM Encyclopedia at
http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm95.htm. Also see the "Land Use Evaluation"
chapter at http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm104.htm which provides information on
the higher social costs associated with urban sprawl. Please let me know if
you have any specific information to add.
At 03:26 PM 12/24/2002 +0000, Wetzel Dave wrote:
>I attach a paper on Land Value Taxation which may be of interest to anyone
>trying to fund transport infrastructure projects from a sustainable tax
>Vice-Chair, Transport for London
>Windsor House. 42-50 Victoria Street. London. SW1H 0TL.
>Tel: 020 7941 4200. Fax: 020 7941 4748
- Hi Todd,
As usual, great stuff comes out of your area. I enjoyed scanning through
it. While i have no information to add, may I ask if I could propose
your involvement as follows:
Tomorrow, Richard and I are meeting with the Chair of GO Transit who
also happens to chair a sub panel on transportation gridlock for the
Smart Growth Panel looking at all of South Central Ontario. His job is
to develop a vision for transportation in this large area. Richard and I
will propose to him that the CST could well be of value in identifying
principles or strategies (or some other like approach) for consideration
in developing this vision and recommendations. If he agrees, you would
be a good addition to the team that we could pull together.
This is all very speculative at this time but I thought we would share
that for now.
Todd Alexander Litman wrote:
> Thank you very much.--
> Land Value Taxation is one of the strategies discussed in the "Smart Growth
> Market Reforms" chapter of our Online TDM Encyclopedia at
> http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm95.htm. Also see the "Land Use Evaluation"
> chapter at http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm104.htm which provides information on
> the higher social costs associated with urban sprawl. Please let me know if
> you have any specific information to add.
> Best wishes,
> -Todd Litman
> At 03:26 PM 12/24/2002 +0000, Wetzel Dave wrote:
>>I attach a paper on Land Value Taxation which may be of interest to anyone
>>trying to fund transport infrastructure projects from a sustainable tax
>>Vice-Chair, Transport for London
>>Windsor House. 42-50 Victoria Street. London. SW1H 0TL.
>>Tel: 020 7941 4200. Fax: 020 7941 4748
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