The possibility of an Uber-induced decline in the resort’s taxi medallion system appears to be accelerating from a slow bleed into a full-scale evisceration.
Two of the city’s largest taxi companies are now planning to sell off their city medallions (one with a classified in this newspaper) and move their businesses either to Delaware, or into the realm of digital “Transportation Network Services,” given the relative lack of restraint placed on web-based carriers in Maryland.
Further, talk of a taxi strike in Ocean City is gaining ground, with the possibility that the resort could join Mexico City, Paris, and other cities around in the world in seeing cabbies actively protest their loss of job security because of what they say is a bureaucratic bungle.
“I’m selling them, but so far nobody wants to buy,” said Michael Pawlowski, owner of Nite Club Taxi and Coastal Cab. The company holds 30 Ocean City taxi medallions, Pawlowski said.