Curbed reports that we are that much closer to being able to legally hail a taxi in Los Angeles.
Oh. You didn’t know it was illegal? You didn’t know we had taxis? It is, and we do.
According to the Downtown News, it’s not that it’s illegal for Los Angeles residents to hail a taxi, it’s that cabbies get fined “if they pick up fares anywhere other than loading zones, taxi stands and parking areas.”
That explains why I always have to hike all the way back to the Renaissance Hotel to find a taxi when I’ve missed the last train back to NoHo at 12:38. Don’t even get me started on that retardedness.
It’s amazing that this law even exists. Even worse that the LADOT has to start a “pilot program” to see if changing this law is a good idea. At times, Los Angeles can be painfully slow. I often wonder if anyone in this city is really in charge.
This law needs to be repealed now. This week. It’s why we elected you people into office. Try doing some work before the close of business today. We want more taxis. We want them everywhere. And how about one standard color for all taxis, mmmkay? For the love of Pete.
Photo illustrating proper hailing technique used in New York
From Mister Boboli’s photostream