HaMercaz is reporting a story about the town of Kiryas Joel and their plans to deal with issues arising from cab companies in the city.
According to the article, Kiryas Joel has five "heimish" cab companies. However, lately, non-Jewish cab companies have been gaining market share in the village due to cheaper costs.
The story alleges that some of the drivers from the "non-heimish" companies are illegal aliens without driver's licenses and that many of the cars are not inspected.
One suggested solution is a requirement that drivers obtain a special permit/mediallion (requiring a background check).
The article concludes (bolding mine):
"The law will benefit the five heimish and responsible taxi firms operating in Kiryas Joel," the article concludes. "The law will strengthen the ability of Kiryas Joel residents to further patronize their own brethren."
Is it just me, or does anyone else think this stinks to high heaven?
(UPDATE: The original source for this story was Frum Factory.)