Abdikadir “Abdi” Abdisalan and Abdullahi Hassan

Abdikadir “Abdi” Abdisalan and Abdullahi Hassan are both longtime taxi drivers who want to go into business for themselves.

Both Abdi and Abdullahi immigrated to the United States in the 1990s, after fleeing the civil war in their native Somalia. Both Abdi and Abdullahi, who are U.S. Citizens, are married with children and work six or seven days a week to support them. Abdi’s wife is currently attending nursing school, while Abdullahi’s family lives abroad while he works to bring them to San Diego.

Abdi pays $400 per week to a permit owner, and Abdullahi pays $300 per week, just to lease a permit and car. Due to the cap, neither of them has ever had a realistic opportunity of owning their own permit. In effect, they are in debt to their permit owners the minute they start working each day, and they risk losing their leases if they take even a single day off of work. If that happens, it can take months to find a new lease.

  • May 1, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    San Diego Taxis

    Consumers Aren’t Property, and Competition Isn’t Theft

    In November 2014, San Diego joined a growing number of cities by lifting its decades-long cap on the number of cabs allowed on its streets. For Abdi Abdisalan and Abdullahi Hassan, the dream of going into business for themselves is nearly a reality. The only roadblock before them now is a baseless lawsuit brought by the city’s current permit owners.

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