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134RE: [WorldTransport] Taxi deregulation

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  • Wetzel Dave
    Dec 23, 2002
      To Ed Thompson
      MD Public Carriage Office

      I've just received this from Robert in Australia.
      I know we are doing the opposite and just licensing the private hire trade
      but do we have any relevant info' we can send him?
      If so, pls reply direct with a copy to me.

      Merry Xmas


      Dave Wetzel
      Vice-Chair, Transport for London
      Windsor House. 42-50 Victoria Street. London. SW1H 0TL.
      Tel: 020 7941 4200. Fax: 020 7941 4748

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Eric Britton [mailto:eric.britton@...]
      Sent: 23 December 2002 14:03
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      Subject: [WorldTransport] Taxi deregulation

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Footlickers@... [mailto:Footlickers@...]
      Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 1:55 AM
      To: postmaster@...
      Subject: Taxis

      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

      Dear Robert,

      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 this

      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.

      Eric Britton

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