August 23, 2018

Rethink Everett’s Proposed Changes to Taxi Rules

Michael D. Farren

Senior Research Fellow

The Everett City Council is weighing major changes to the city’s for-hire vehicle regulations, the rules for which govern taxis and transportation network companies (or “TNCs”) such as Uber and Lyft.

The proposal includes some of the best reforms to historically onerous taxi laws currently under consideration by any American city. However, several aspects could inadvertently protect businesses from competition, which harms entrepreneurs and customers...