Entry Controls in Taxi Regulation: Lessons from North American Experience

This paper assesses the effects of entry regulation on cab availability and service quality in 43 cities and counties in the United States and Canada. Particular attention is given to the interaction between entry controls, entry qualifications and customer markets in shaping the effects of entry policy. The analysis shows that the effects of entry controls are quite different in cities and counties in which the preponderance of trips are initiated through telephone orders (dispatch) than in localities with significant cab stand and street hail markets. Entry restrictions are most applicable in walk-up cab stand and street hail markets while more flexible forms of entry control are most applicable in dispatch markets. A major challenge for officials charged with regulating taxi entry is to address the disparate needs of dispatch and walk-up markets in cities with substantial trip volumes in both markets. Approaches to this challenge and implications for regulation are discussed.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0265
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 4:49PM