Best Taxi Tangle

Boise's unregulated cab companies

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Boise is most certainly the Wild West of taxi cabs, with some 85 cab companies and 165 vehicles on the road (the number changes monthly), but the city hasn't done a lot to regulate the number of taxis that come and go out of business. City officials insist on respecting the free market and if that means a line of 25 cabs at the airport, duking it out for one or two fares a day, so be it. In July, however, the city proposed a new $150 annual fee for taxi cab companies. It's a carrot on a stick: Cab companies can have the fee waived if they go the whole year with no violations. Maybe the Wild West just got a little tamer.

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