Apr 12, 2022 - News

Car shortages hit Des Moines airport taxis

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The taxi company that contracts with Des Moines International Airport is seeking regulatory relief from a rule staff says will soon age out dozens of cabs and substantially impact services.

Driving the news: The airport's board is considering a proposal Tuesday to waive a less-than-ten-year vehicle age requirement to allow for "older vehicles that are in good condition."

Why it matters: Trans Iowa, the airport's taxi contractor, is having difficulty buying cars and 26 of its vehicles are about to age out of the system, according to the airport's staff.

  • Taxi's are available at all hours, a crucial service especially when other rideshare services aren't available.

The big picture: Vehicle supplies are low nationwide and it's driving some dealerships to charge as much as $40,000 above the manufacturer's suggested retail price, per the Wall Street Journal.

  • Computer-chip production problems, which are in part driving the shortages, are expected to continue into next year.

What they're saying: Trans Iowa president Randy Sackett told Axios the rule change is an interim step until cars are more readily available.

Of note: Some other rideshare services at the airport have less strict guidelines.

What's next: The airport board meets Tuesday at 9am.

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