The "W" is to help police distinguish Yellow Cabs (and others) from cabs from Jacksonville and other towns who like to invade Wilmington on weekends. I think, however, the permits are pretty much open, now. Yellow used to have 35 or 36 permits, I think it was, and not sure how many others had. At one time Yellow had no. 13, but superstitious passengers complained and that number was turned in. I think the permit limit has been lifted and anybody can pretty much run a cab as long as it meets guidelines and is less than 10 years old.
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