ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Taxi drivers worried about their jobs and Uber supporters eager to see a cheaper way to travel around town jammed the metropolitan taxi commission meeting Wednesday.
But one of the loudest voices came from a man who was severely injured in 2013 while riding in a taxicab. Ed Domain has been a frequent and vocal critic of the commission because he is not satisfied with the financial settlement he received from the taxi company after the accident. Domain confronted a commissioner Dave McNutt after the meeting. Police had to remove him from the lobby at Forest Park community college. Taxi Commissioner Kim Tucci said "it was a terrible thing that he got hurt and everything, but that was something out of the commission's hands and now we're doing everything we can to make sure that it never happens again.”
The taxi commission agreed to delay a vote on proposed rules for ride sharing so face to face negotiations can take place. The delay comes at the request of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Taxi cab owners insist ride sharing firms like Uber must conform to the same regulations they face. Major concerns exist over insurance, drug testing and state mandated criminal checks. One taxi driver Umar Lee said the firm simply wants to create part time jobs that would hurt the economy.