Mike DeBonis shares the ugly story about the proposed requirement that all D.C. cabs come in "uniform colors":
For the record, I think red and black looks sharp, but white and yellow show up better at night...but what business of mine is it if someone who needs the money from driving a cab happens to own a solid black car? If I'm looking for a taxi, I want a competent driver who knows his way around the city. I also prefer that the seat be clean. Apart from a preference that a taxi not be visibly held together by duct tape, I do not care what the thing looks like, and I don't want to pay a higher fee to ensure that all the cabs are the same color. Not good for tourism, D.C. council. Not good at all.