Restrictive Kansas City Taxi Laws Upheld

Limits number of permits allowed


It is not unconstitutional for Kansas City, Mo., to reduce the number of taxi cab permits it issues, the 8th Circuit ruled.

The Kansas City Taxicab Commission and two cab drivers sued the city, claiming the ordinance, Section 76-70, entirely excludes entrants from the taxicab market.

Passed in 2005, the law allows renewal of current taxicab permits but forbids the issuance of new permits until the number of permits drops below 500.