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Cabbies Take Protest to the Street

Cab drivers use super week for protest



    Taxi drivers protest in Dallas over changes to a policy that would allow cabs using natural gas to pick up customers first. (Published Monday, Jan. 31, 2011)

    by Bruce Felps

    Few spotlights shine brighter than the one trained on the Super Bowl, and independent taxi drivers in Dallas aim to focus some of that limelight on themselves.

    Members of the Association of Taxi Operators and other independent drivers plan a series of protests and press conferences during Super Bowl week — remember New Year’s Eve? — to vent their frustration over a Dallas ordinance that they believe gives preferential treatment to cabs powered by compressed natural gas. The ordinance allows drivers of CNG vehicles, mostly Yellow Cabs, to queue up at the head of the line for fares at Love Field.

    So, today about 200 independents formed a convoy that traveled 20 mph in the left lane — and we all know the intended purpose of the lane don’t we? That’s right, it’s our own personal cruising lane, all other drivers be damned. — of Interstate 635 out to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

    That subtle move might have gone unnoticed by regular commuters accustomed to slow traffic along LBJ Freeway.

    And oh, hey, yeah, out-of-towners: Roads around here typically have more than one name, they change names for no apparent reason, and the street where you want to turn is the one without the street sign. You’re welcome.

    Anyway, the association plans a work stoppage-press conference Friday at the Dallas Convention Center and most likely a few more viral events like the one this morning.

    So, good luck with all this, independent cabbies. Don’t most high-rollers in town for Super Bowl XLV travel by limo?

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He can’t decide if he’s a Packers fan this week or a Steelers fan. Oh, wait, yes he can. Neither.