LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The biggest taxi company in Lee County wants the government to crack down on unlicensed cabs on the streets. The family that owns Bluebird, Yellow, and Checker cabs has written a scathing letter to commissioners. It calls the current regulations, inadequate, and driver background checks appalling.
"It's the unlicensed companies that are causing the issues, and costing us money and our drivers money," said Jamie Corbett, manager of Bluebird company. "If you see a cab running and it has no county license sticker on the windshield, there should be enforcement on that. We would like the county to have the kind of rules they have in the city of Ft. Myers or in Collier County. Those government bodies are much stronger on regulation and enforcement. You don't have the unlicensed people running in the city or in Collier very much at all. It's mostly unincorporated Lee County where they get away with it."
Denise Barrow, owner of 'John's Where you Want to Go' taxi in North Ft. Myers, says she did not know a county license was required. "I have been running for 5 years, and nobody said a word to me about a license. I have to make a living too. I think the big company just wants to be the only company around."
The letter also warns that Lee Co. government could be sued if an unlicensed driver crashes a cab, causing injuries or deaths. It also cautions the county government could face legal action if an unlicensed driver assaulted a passenger in a cab.
Lee County ommissioners got the letter on Wednesday. They referred it to the county manager for study, and possible further action if necessary.