It has been 10 months since a city-commissioned review of the taxi industry called for creation of an advisory committee to respond to reports of corruption and poorly enforced regulations. Mayor Thomas M. Menino and successor Martin J. Walsh each vowed to follow through.
But no committee has been established and little has changed. Those involved in the taxi industry — drivers, passengers, and even taxi medallion owners — say they are frustrated by the slow pace of promised reform.
Walsh’s office is still working to cobble together a task force to look at the issues related to taxis and ride-sharing companies, an effort being managed by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. But no members have been formally appointed, said Gabrielle Farrell, spokeswoman for the mayor’s office.
“Once the committee is formalized, there will be a robust public process as part of a planned, multifaceted approach to addressing the issues and opportunities that exist within the industry,” Farrell said.
In April 2013, the Globe reported that the city’s $1 billion taxi industry was plagued with corruption and lacking government oversight. In Boston, each cab is assigned a medallion, one of a limited number of licenses valued at as much as $700,000 each. Drivers, considered independent contractors, must pay medallion owners a fee each time they drive the car for a shift. In exchange, they keep fares and tips.
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