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Taxi Association Files Complaint Against Council Members

A Yellow Cab cruising down Guadalupe.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.
A Yellow Cab cruising down Guadalupe.

The Taxi Drivers Association of Austin [TDAA] has filed a complaint against Mayor Lee Leffingwell and "several council members" for accepting campaign contributions from owners and managers of the Yellow Cab Company, according to a TDAA press statement released today.

The Drivers Association claims that, by accepting the contributions, council members have violated a provision of the Austin City Charter that prohibits office holders from accepting "any wage, commission, fee, gift, favor or payment" from any person "holding or seeking to hold" a City of Austin franchise.

In May of 2010, the city council issued Yellow Cab a five-year taxicab franchise against the wishes of the TDAA . If council members are found to have been in violation of the charter, they would have to leave office.



Mose Buchele focuses on energy and environmental reporting at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mosebuchele.