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August 24, 2009

Saskatoon has 165 taxi licenses and a population of 218,000 for a ratio of 1321 residents per taxi cab.

Calgary has 1,411 taxi licenses and a population of  1,065,455 for a ratio of 755 residents per taxi cab.

Did I mention that Calgarians have great difficulty getting a taxi when they need one?

I’d say that Saskatoon needs more taxi licenses.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 11:13 am

    But at least Saskatoon is taking a look at the licence situation. The reason Calgary’s “Voters for Taxis” got started was because of the utter refusal by city council to look at the situation, resulting in the formation of a grassroots lobby group. Some of the top municipal leaders in Calgary (“top” being an indicator of electoral success, not of ability or service to the public) are known recipients of large amounts of campaign funds sent their way by the majority holders of the taxi licences — primarily, the cab companies. These companies petition city council to limit licence allocation so that the status quo monopoly is maintained.

    If Saskatoon does strike up an investigation, it would be wise to also include a look at campaign donor list in order to prevent a conflict-of-interest with those conducting the analysis. That, more than anything else, is preventing real taxi competition in Calgary.

  2. August 24, 2009 9:12 pm

    Yes we need more taxi cab licences. In January I had wait over 2 hours for a cab one morning while trying to get to work. Although it was somewhat understandable given that it was -40billion out it was still ridiculous. Also, trying to get a cab HOME at 2:30 in the morning is very difficult.

  3. Michele permalink*
    August 24, 2009 10:13 pm

    I don’t see how more licenses could be a problem. If there are too many and people can’t make a living, they will stop driving.

    Let the market work it out.

    Same with the airport. Anyone can check to see how many flights are coming in and determine what times would need more taxis.

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