I have never heard of a permit to pick up downtown. Maybe to "stage", meaning park downtown and wait for a fare. I know cabbies have to have a permit to pick up at the airport, or did a few years ago. It is all about paying for somebody's permission to provide a service. All the cabbies should get together and refuse service to the downtown cesspool and see how fast things change. As long as you go by somebody elses rules without complaints, nothing will ever change.
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