Pr. George's cab drivers protest outside final council session
A group of about 30 irate Prince George's County taxi drivers gathered outside the county administration building Tuesday to protest a lack of action by county lawmakers over what they say are unfair working conditions.
About 30 protesters--one with a bullhorn, some carrying picket signs, others banging pots and pans--say the vast bulk of taxi certificates are held by just a few companies, who charge inordinate prices to drivers to use them.
A comprehensive reform bill was introduced by the County Council to address some of the driver's concerns, but the legislation was shelved in place of a task force to study the issue, which drivers say is insufficient.
Meanwhile, John Lally, a lawyer for Silver Cab, defended the current system in an interview with the Prince George's Gazette, saying that changing the process for licensing cabs "would be chaotic and destabilizing for all involved," and would result in poorer service for customers.
The Council were not the only targets of the cab union; County Executive Jack B. Johnson was called out as well.
One protester held a sign reading, "Silver Cab says we will never see change because 'Money Talks'! Hey Jack! Is it true? Does his $ talk to you?"
November 17, 2009; 9:54 AM ET
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