Over the past few months, Washington, D.C. taxi drivers have joined together with the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association, affiliated with Teamsters Local 922, for one strong voice. Drivers and the association have knocked on the doors of D.C. City Council members. They have written letters, sent emails, and made phone calls. They have rallied and marched on Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. They have made their voices heard!
The most recent example occurred this week, when representatives from the mayor’s office met with the association. Stephen Glaude, the Director of the Office of Community Affairs for Mayor Gray, attended this meeting. He asked the association about the concerns and issues of its members
The drivers and association outlined their concerns in an email to Mr. Glaude. These issues include:
- The Uber X, Sidecar and Lyft services and how these services must be addressed and stopped immediately until a fair resolution can be found;
- The make-up of the DCTC, including the one vacant seat as well as four additional seats that will expire in May;
- The pending proposal in front of the DCTC to increase the fees associated with the extra passenger, luggage and trunk fees, and
- The respect that drivers deserve, especially involving the hack inspectors and hack office.