Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

Accident Prevention
4:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

New Signs Aim To Prevent Drunken Driving In Downtown St. Louis

One of the new signs that can be found on taxi stands throughout Downtown St. Louis.
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

Throughout downtown St. Louis, new signs can be found on the sidewalks and taxi stands.

The signs are part of a public awareness campaign that was launched Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the St. Louis Taxi Commission that aims to reduce the number of drunken driving accidents.

Leanna Depue, the director of Highway Safety for MoDOT, said that in 2013, 223 people were killed and 745 seriously injured in substance-related crashes.

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Metropolitan Taxicab Commission
5:23 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Uber Black Gets License To Operate In St. Louis

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

Uber has made it to St. Louis.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday approved a license for the company's "Black" service, which allows people to use a cell phone app to call for an already-licensed premium sedan. It works much the same way as the apps that many area cab companies use for reserving taxis.  

Two and a half months ago, the region’s taxi commission changed its regulations to accommodate Uber -- changes that had taken months to negotiate.

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Uber Black
7:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taxi Commission Clears Path For Uber Black In St. Louis

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with comments from Uber.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday loosened some of the restrictions on premium sedan companies in the city, in an effort to convince Uber to enter the market. 

The San Francisco-based ride-share company wanted to open up the possibility of more competition in the black car market before it would even apply for a license to operate Uber Black here. The app dispatches already-licensed premium sedans from a smart phone.

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Animal Welfare
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Louis Health Department Tightens Reins On Carriage Horse Companies

A horse pulls a carriage on Market Street downtown.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis’ Health Department Director Pam Walker issued new guidelines Tuesday regulating the treatment of horses used to pull carriages for Brookdale Farms and St. Louis Carriage Co., the two businesses that offer rides in the city.

The guidelines forbid horses from working when the heat index reaches 100 degrees, and limits horses from working more than eight hours a day, and five days per week. They also set standards for stable ventilation, and cleanliness.

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Lyft
9:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Lt. Gov. Kinder Testifies On Behalf Of Lyft: 'It's a Car'

Credit Courtesy of Lyft

Missouri's Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, weighed in on a St. Louis matter Monday. He took the stand on behalf of Lyft in a court hearing over whether or not the ride sharing app should be considered a car or a taxicab. In his testimony, Kinder explained how he tried to book a Lyft car a few weeks ago, only to learn, to his dismay, that St. Louis's taxi commission was blocking the startup. 

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Lyft
9:52 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Legal Fight Over Lyft In St. Louis: "Friend With A Car" Or Taxi?

Courtesy of Lyft

On April 18th, the ride-sharing service Lyft entered the St. Louis market with a party on Cherokee Street.

And immediately, it ran into legal trouble.

Lyft's drivers were operating in violation of a cease-and-desist order from the region’s taxi regulator. A few days later, a judge ordered the company to disable its mobile app.

Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission are back in court on May 14 arguing over whether the company should be allowed to operate — and who has the power to regulate it in the first place.

Who are the players?

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Public Transportation
4:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Judge Orders Ride-Share 'Lyft' To Stop Service

Lyft's cars often have pink mustaches on them. The San Francisco-based company is facing pushback from the regional taxi commission.
Credit Courtesy of Lyft

(Updated at 4 p.m., Mon., April 21)

A St. Louis judge has told a new ride share service that it must halt its operation in the city and county.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Cab Commission sued "Lyft" last week for entering the region’s market without registering.

Lyft allows customers to summon drivers using an app on their cell phones. Once the ride is over, customers pay the driver through credit card information stored within the application.

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Carmel Car
5:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Way To Hail A Cab Approved: Taxi Commission Okays First Dispatch App License

Screen capture of Carmel Car's app, which will be available in St. Louis on Monday.
(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

St. Louisans will soon have a new way to hail cabs in the region. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday approved a license for Carmel Car and Limo to start offering its smartphone app in St. Louis.

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Car Service Apps
5:41 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Uber-Like Car Service Looking To Make Entry Into St. Louis Market

(via Flickr/denharsh)

UPDATE: Feb 25, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission approved Carmel's application for the dispatch license. Seven members of the commission voted in favor of the license and one abstained.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A car service that dispatches its vehicles using a smartphone app could start operating in St. Louis as soon as this week.

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Religious Discrimination
5:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

St. Louis Taxi Drivers Protest For Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Taxi cab drivers protest outside of City Hall.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

About two dozen taxi drivers protested outside of City Hall in St. Louis on Monday, denouncing a Muslim cab driver's arrest for wearing his religious clothing while on the job.

Raja Naeem jokes that his attorney calls him "the Muslim Rosa Parks."

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission warned him that he couldn't wear his religious clothing while picking up customers from Lambert airport, and that he would be arrested if he did.

He wore it anyway, and says his Kufi - his hat - was thrown on the ground, which he says is a great insult.

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