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2 taxi drivers suing Jackson, cite unfair regulations

Two taxicab drivers are suing the city of Jackson, claiming the city has imposed restrictive regulations on the taxi industry.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced Wednesday that taxicab drivers John Davis and Shad Denson have filed the lawsuit, claiming that the city’s regulation have prevented them from starting their own taxicab companies.

Mississippi Center for Public Policy attorney Mike Hurst says that to operate a company in Jackson, one must possess a Jackson business license, a physical office in Jackson staffed 24 hours a day and at least eight vehicles.

Davis and Denson argue that it’s nearly impossible to start a business, while companies such as Uber operate under much more lenient regulations.

Councilman Melvin Priester says he can’t comment on pending litigation.

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One comment

  1. Taxi drivers long have complained about this to the regulators. They let Uber and Lyft come in and do whatever they want while the cab drivers and companies have to follow all these rules. The regulators, whose pockets are full of Uber’s money, ignored them.

    Let’s see them ignore this. Unless, of course, Uber comes in and buys the judge.

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