taxicabs continue to be a problem in the city of Kodiak. They are run by people
who provide rides to and from work or the grocery stores for their neighbors,
for a fee smaller than what a licensed taxi would charge. They mainly serve
cannery workers and others in the city’s service industries.
city councilmembers said they have been approached by legitimate cab drivers
angry over the issue. The conversation at the last city council meeting came
about during approval of the voluntary suspension of three taxi permits.
Jack Maker said passengers who use the rogue cabs do so at their own risk:
warn the public about utilizing these operations.”)
Josie Rosales echoed Maker’s concerns, but said her advice has fallen on deaf
I don’t know, they still don’t listen.”)
Tom Walters said it might take a sting operation by the police to bring down
the rogue cab operations:
like that if everyone was concerned.”)
Gabriel (GABE-real) Saravia (S’raw-VEE-ah) said he has heard that the rogue
drivers have expanded their service, driving people to and from the airport and
other locations. He said that unless a passenger stepped forward, it would be
hard to gather the needed evidence:
to enforce the rules that we have.”)
which regulates taxicabs, allows a driver to take their cars out of service for
up to six months in a calendar year without losing their permit. Every month
there are one or two of the voluntary suspensions. Many drivers blame the
increased cost of gas and insurance for the requests, and the increased
competition from the rogue drivers is not helping matters.