Politicians are taking notice ... You are making a difference
On Sept. 2, Colorado State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry weighed in on the plight of Mile High Cab's owner/operators. Sen. Penry told the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in no uncertain terms that an administrative law judge's ruling against competition and consumer benefits should be reviewed. Read the Senator's letter, then get involved yourself, ask PUC Director Doug Dean to hear Mile High Cab's case. Email him at Doug.Dean@dora.state.co.us.
Here is Sen. Penry's letter. Thank you, Senator, for standing up for fair and open competition, for better consumer service and pricing, and against monopolists and protectionism.
Re: Mile High Cab, Inc. 08A-407CP
I sponsored an amendment to House Bill 08-1227 that changed the application process for taxi cabs and opened the door for greater competition in the taxi cab industry. The amendment, which passed with the support and assistance of other legislators including Sen.Chris Romer, was meant to ease the entrance of taxi companies into the Denver market.
The ruling by Administrative Law Judge Paul Gomez to deny Mile High Cab's application to operate in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties goes against the intent of this 2008 legislation. Our intent with the legislation was to increase competition for the benefit of consumers, allowing greater choice and more efficient taxi cab service in the metro area.We viewed increased competition as beneficial to the public interest, not detrimental to it, as Judge Gomez ruled. We intended for more taxi cab companies to be approved to operate in the metro area to provide this competition, so long as they could prove they were operationally and financially fit to provide taxi services.
I hope the Public Utilities Commission will take this information into consideration as it reviews Mile High Cab's application to operate in Denver. The task of the PUC is to ensure honest and open competition for the benefit of competitors and the public they serve, not to perpetuate the strength and market share of aspiring monopolists.
Senate District 7
Penry Letter to PUC