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  • Wetzel Dave
    Dec 24, 2002
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      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


      Dave Wetzel
      Vice-Chair, Transport for London
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Todd Alexander Litman [mailto:litman@...]
      Sent: 23 December 2002 22:28
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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

      Best wishes,
      -Todd Litman

      At 03:03 PM 12/23/2002 +0100, Eric Britton wrote:

      >-----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 note.
      >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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