Airport Authority

United Taxi Workers of San Diego

San Diego International Airport Taxi Permitting Process Proposal

 

Why is UTWSD advocating for an open airport process?

  1. Opportunities for new owner-operators to provide service to Airport customers.
  • Many new owner-operators used to drive at the airport, but have been effectively locked out since they became owners.
  • Many are here today…
  1. Equalize the market between the Airport and the City.
  • “City Drivers” often make less than “Airport drivers”, and the old owners use this fact to charge significantly more to lease taxis with airport stickers. That means more profits in the hands of the owners with airport stickers, and less in the hands of the airport lease driver and city drivers.

Why is UTWSD advocating for an open airport process? (cont)

  1. End the black market for taxis with airport stickers
  • Drivers who want to “own” an airport cab “purchase” one from an old owner for $20,000-30,000. All the paperwork stays under the name of the old owner, and the “new owner” uses the taxi at the airport.
  1. Equalize market access between Taxis and Uber/Lyft/Other TNCs.

UTWSD Proposal A

Open Permitting Process

Any MTS-permitted taxi that meets Airport standards can apply for an airport permit at any time. Taxis are granted either an “A” or a “B” permit.

No limit on the number of permits issued

“A” and “B” permit structure stays the same.

The current 89 “All” stickers are to be divided up into 89 separate “A” stickers  and 89 “B” stickers. The current All sticker permit holders will be granted either an “A” or “B” sticker.

Permits are distributed in an order where there will be as-close-to-equal distribution of A1-4 and B1-4 permits.

UTWSD Proposal B

Annual Scheduled Open Permitting Process

Any MTS-permitted taxi that meets airport standards can apply for an airport permit during the annual 3 month period.

No limit on the number of permits issued

“A” and “B” structure stays the same.

ALL stickers split (like in Proposal A).

Permits are distributed in an order where there will be as-close-to-equal distribution of A1-4 and B1-4 permits

 

Differences between proposals

Proposal A

-Allow owner-operators the ability to apply to airport immediately after getting their new permits.

-Little-to-no barriers to entry for MTS-permitted taxi cabs.

Proposal B

-Potential to save Ground Transportation Staff time by limiting permitting period every year.

-In the event that the airport authority would like to limit the number of permits, opening up the process every year will disincentivize the purchase of black market airport cabs.

All UTWSD Proposals will:

Pros

-Encourages owner-operatorship and discourages lease permits.

-We will see an uptick in completed applications for new MTS permits, and more permit applications.

-Overall driver morale will improve as more drivers own their vehicles as more are in control of their livelihoods.

-Customer service improves when drivers morale increases.

-A more level playing field between all taxi drivers and TNC drivers in San Diego.

-Drivers who lease ALL sticker taxis will no longer feel pressured to drive 7 days a week.

-Eliminates black market on transfers

Both UTWSD Proposals will

Cons

-Owners of airport lease fleets, as well as old owner-operators with an ALL sticker, will see less take-home-pay.

Other ways these proposals will effect the status quo

Encourages owner-operatorship and discourages lease permits.

  • We will see an uptick in completed applications for new MTS permits, and more permit applications.

Fewer trips per driver at the airport, but more drivers will be able to pick up from the airport.

Zero wait-times for airport customers at all time, since there will always be an airport cab ready to get back in line at the airport

Questions & Answers

Q1: How will this affect Airport Customer Experience?

A: Customers will be getting drivers who are less tired, and who have more financial control of their lives. A happier driver means happier customers.

 

Q2: Is there a potential to overfill the taxi holding lot?

A: The lot can hold over 600 taxis. A scenario in which there are over 600 cabs waiting at the lot, and there are no customers, and no cab wants to leave the lot to go look for customers somewhere else, is highly unlikely.

Questions & Answers

 

Q3: Why change the status quo?

A: UTWSD is a grassroots movement of drivers. These are the kinds of proposals our drivers want to see, and their interests are reflected in these proposals.

 

Conclusion

The San Diego City Council made a decision to have an open marketplace for taxis in the city. We believe that it would be appropriate for the Airport to align themselves with the will of the City on this issue, and “lift-the-cap” on Airport Permits

Please Lift-the-Cap on Airport Permits