Two competing Portland limousine operators recently filed a federal lawsuit against the City in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon over city rules which the plaintiffs say restrict competition for the sole benefit of Portland’s taxi companies.
In 2009, the city passed new regulations which required minimum fares for Portland limousine companies which provide transportation to and from the Portland Airport and downtown. The new rules mandated a minimum fare of atleast $50 for airport transportation. In addition, operators are required to charge atleast 35% more than competing taxicab companies for rides within the city limits. All limousine rides require a pre-arrangement of atleast 60 minutes prior to pick-up.
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