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Toledo cab drivers upset about fee increase

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Dozens of local cab drivers are angry about some changes at Black and White cab. They say they are being charged extra fees they simply can't afford.  The owners of the company say the increase is modest and its just part of the cost of doing business. Some of the cab drivers say they are planning to go to work for another company.

The cab owner/operators were told about the increase a few weeks ago. This morning they held what they're calling a protest near company headquarters on Bancroft. The drivers own their cabs and then pay a weekly fee to Black and White for things like dispatch service, other staffing and technology, including in cab computers and radios. According to the owners of Black and White they've done an extensive analysis of expenses and they say even with the increase it still keeps them on the lower to mid range when compared to other markets. They also say that while business has increased substantially so has the cost of doing business. The drivers say the increase will break many of them. So obviously two very different perspectives on the increase.

Tim Hutchinson owns 8 cabs,"I am disappointed in management to say this is what we are doing and if you don't like it you can go somewhere else. I've been with them five years, many of these other drivers a lot more than that and what they didn't expect is that we'd join together and say enough. They thought we had no other option but they're mistaken."Scott Potter is a Co-Owner of Black and White Transportation,"We don't want anyone to leave but we respect their right to go work for another company. We'll start recruiting right away because this is a good way to make a living and people who own multiple cars do very well here." Black and White is the biggest cab company in the city with 86 vehicles in its fleet.

 

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