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Meeting Over Horse-Drawn Carriage Complaints Gets Heated

Posted: 9:48 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 23:42:11-04

The Metro Transportation Licensing Commission dealt with dozens of complaints Tuesday against drivers of horse drawn carriages downtown.  Most of the complaints were filed by other carriage drivers, against their competitors. 

The carriage drivers say the fighting is because there aren't enough spaces for them to pick up passengers and park downtown, forcing them into competition, even to the point of filing complaints against one another.

The city says in the last year or so they've seen a big increase in complaints against horse carriage drivers made to Metro's Transportation Licensing Commission, many filed by other competing horse carriage drivers, who in some cases now arm themselves with cell phone cameras, GoPros or even body cams that catch their competitors breaking rules.  

The commission spent most of its time Tuesday -- nearly 4 hours -- dealing with these complaints, many of which the commission dismissed, but not before several arguments broke out.

There were so many complaints filed that the commission still had more to go through when it ended Tuesday, but those will have to wait until the next meeting.