Prince George's cabbies oppose bill to cut new medallion number
Prince George's independent cab drivers are opposing a bill that would cut in half the number of medallions the council agreed to issue.
A bill introduced Tuesday at the council by council member Will Campos (D-Hyattsville), would reduce from 400 to 200 the number of new medallions the county could issue this year.
Cab drivers have complained that the county is already moving too slowly to issue the new medallions and say they are concerned that Campos' bill would further hamper competition in the cab industry.
Campos said in an interview that the new medallions would "oversaturate" the local market. He voted last year to expand the number when the council unanimously backed a bill introduced by then council-chairman Tom Dernoga (D-Laurel) to increase them. But Campos said this week that the bill was a mistake that he is now asking the new council to rectify.
Campos' measure would also aid cab companies that have largely controlled the cab industry for years in Prince George's. They have sued the county to scuttle last year's law.
Miranda S. Spivack
| March 8, 2011; 11:30 AM ET
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