Taxi Drivers Sue Jackson, Mississippi Over ‘Unfair’ Regulations

March 7, 2016

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

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced March 2 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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