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Taxi companies lose certificates: Pandemic thins cab ranks even as demand grows – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-16 06:26:44 –

“Bradley Hollister, dba Paradise Taxi!” “Luana Limousine, dba Laura Taxi!” “Shaka Taxi!” “KellyDoesKona LLC, dba World’s Coolest Cab!”

Their names were called one by one in an almost empty auditorium. Several members of the audience looked at each other, shook their heads, and occasionally screamed.

“Oh, he moved to the mainland,” said one of the survivors.

“They were permanently closed,” another name answer came.

Then I went during a meeting of the Japan Transport Safety Board on Thursday. It lasted until the 50 names of taxi companies were called. Of these, 44 taxi owners’ certificates were not operated as general carriers transporting passengers in the last 30 days, or the taxi certificates were revoked without renewal and did not exist, so on the spot. It was canceled. Defend their proceedings.

The owners of the six companies pardoned on Thursday had various reasons for not obtaining their licenses. Some said they had attempted a renewal, but either the mass transit office was closed due to coronavirus precautions, or their renewal and payments were returned to them without explanation.

“I need this. Faced with what looked like a revocation vote by the Commission, Faye Innosensio pleaded. She said last year that her daughter, who owned the company, had a better job. I have shown to the Commission’s secretary an application to renew the taxi certificate and change ownership of a Kona-based J & L taxi that I tried to submit when I moved to Canada.

The Commissioner gave Innosensio 30 days to obtain her paperwork to hold her certificate. The other four companies were also given a 30-day grace period, and six companies were approved for renewal.

Taxi companies were already upset by intensifying competition with ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft when they were hit next time. The economy is almost completely closed by the coronavirus. These companies are generally small mom and pop businesses, each with one or two taxis.

“COVID has hit people hard … people have moved out of the area. People have moved to the mainland. Someone has died,” said Michael O’Loughlin, chairman of the Transport Commission. “Currently, there is a shortage of taxis and car rental and transportation (the Heleon bus system) are not working as expected. We need to do something.”

O’Loughlin has never seen such a long revocation list. But again, the Commission hasn’t met since April 2019, so some cancellations may have been carried over from the pre-pandemic era.

The Commission also approved three new certificates and postponed action on the application for four new certificates because a company representative was not present at the meeting.

A small band of taxi owners, who seem to know each other, flocked outside at the end of the meeting to exchange information. They looked like a lot of optimism.

Brandon Henson, who runs a BH taxi from Hilo, said the situation has improved much recently.

He also works as a shuttle driver for a commercial shuttle company, saying that the tourism economy is steadily improving, especially at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. He said it’s a good gig to pick up the rider at Kona Airport and take a 25-mile ferry to Waikoloa.

“Business is recovering, especially on the Kona side,” Henson said.



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