LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Regulators have denied a Lincoln cab company's application to extend its service, saying the company hadn't shown an ability to provide quality service in Lincoln.

Servant Cab had sought the Nebraska Public Service Commission permission to serve Omaha and the rest of the state and to provide some services for people with disabilities.

The PSC said in its written decision that Servant Cab's history didn't bode well for expanding its service.

The Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reported that politicians, businesspeople, college students and others testified at hearings about an Omaha cab company's application to serve Lincoln that they've experienced long waits, high rates and poor service with Servant Cab. The complainers said the service problems occurred at all hours, not just at peak times such as when bars close and after football games.

Some businesspeople, group leaders, residents and former cab drivers in Omaha testified in support of Servant Cab, countering that they were disappointed in the Omaha company's service.

The Omaha company's application was approved. Servant's was not.

The commission said that in addition to Servant's failings in Lincoln, it didn't have a plan for providing service to Omaha and other Nebraska cities.

Servant Cab owner Kirby Young didn't directly address the PSC's decision or the criticisms of his company. But Young offered up a version of a Bible quote when asked to comment: "We don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers in high places."


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,