Organization pushing bill to reduce state regulation of taxis, shuttles
Taxis ought not be a virtual monopoly, says the public policy organization Think New Mexico.
With the help of two members of the state House of Representatives, it will push a bill to foster more competition through less regulation of motor carriers by the state Public Regulation Commission.
Here are the high points from Fred Nathan, executive director of Think New Mexico:
- Currently, the New Mexico Motor Carrier Act, a 1930’s-era law, protects existing intrastate motor carriers (moving companies, taxies, shuttles, buses, limousines and ambulances) from competition. It prevents new businesses from entering the market unless they can prove that there is “public need” for their service. Newcomers must show that the existing companies are not fully serving the market. The existing companies generally protest applications, making the process time consuming and expensive.
- For taxis and other passenger carriers, the reform bill would limit protests and shift the burden of proof from the entrepreneur to the protesting motor carriers. An entrepreneur would receive permission to open a new business unless the PRC found that allowing it would diminish the level of service available to the community.
Reps. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, and Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, are sponsoring the measure, House Bill 194.