Scott Ledford got the cabbie gene. His grandfather founded Atlanta Checker Cab Company, his father worked there, and now his cousins run the business, he said. “I kinda have it in my blood.”
When Ledford drives past the curb at the Atlanta airport he sees passengers waiting for friends, family and sometimes Uber drivers. But not taxis. Ledford and other cabbies have to wait in a line nearby.
“People flag me or walk up to me all the time and say, 'Hey, can I get a cab?' I say 'I can get in big trouble for picking y'all up, up here,'” he said.