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Reader comment on item: More on Those Alcohol-shy Taxi Drivers
in response to reader comment: Don't bring booze into my Taxi - I respectfully disagree

Submitted by Melisa (United States), Oct 11, 2006 at 19:08


I agree with your larger point about market forces. However, in this case, a public commission that is charged with regulating an industry was prepared to sanction fare-refusal without consequence based on religious considerations. If these were all just private hacks and private companies in a market free-for-all, I would agree with you 100%.

But the taxi industry in each metropolitan is heavily regulated and controlled for the number of licenses it will issue. Regulation by a public agency carries a responsibility to abide by constitutionally acceptable practices.


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