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Cab drivers protest taxi limits at airport

Cab drivers protest taxi limits at airport



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Taxi drivers are protesting a plan to reduce the number of cabs that can wait for customers at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Starting Saturday, the number of cabs allowed to park and wait in the taxi area of the airport will drop from 40 to 25.

About 50 drivers protested the new policy in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, saying it will hurt business.

Driver Jeff Jex says the airport provides about 85 percent of cab fares in the city. He says the new policy will force more drivers to work downtown, where the market isn't as strong.

Airport Operations Director Randall Berg says a study looked at the need for cabs during peak and off-peak times. Berg says 25 is a good balance and that the number can be increased during holidays or special events.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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