Red Bank brass is looking to level the playing field for local cab companies. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Peter Muller started up a taxi business, P&M Taxi, four months ago on West Front Street, but he’s been caught in a jam ever since.
He wanted to obtain licenses for two taxis from Red Bank, but only got one because there were no more available, he was told.
Muller said the larger cab companies have control over the licenses, and subsequently, the business. He believes there should be more licenses given in town, or stricter controls on companies that pocket the ones not in use.
“I’m just trying to make a living,” said Muller, who is 68 and retired, but can’t make it on Social Security. “Just give me two. I’ll be happy with that.”
There’s a hording problem in Red Bank’s taxi world, some cabbies say, and local officials are again looking at ways to create more competition and make it much harder to pocket coveted hackie credentials.