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Raleigh to consider taxicab changes

Posted August 11, 2009
Updated August 12, 2009

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— A Raleigh City Council committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday afternoon on proposed changes to the city's ordinance on taxicabs.

The suggested changes would clearly define what a taxicab is and clarify that background checks are necessary to get a license to drive a taxi.

Taxi drivers already have to be licensed, and police inspect the cab once a year.

The changes would clarify that taxicabs are vehicles used for the “purpose of carrying, transporting or conveying any person or persons from one place to another, for which services a charge or fee is made.” This excludes motor buses.

All taxis parked or traveling on Raleigh streets would be subject to the ordinance.

The public hearing will be held at 3:30 p.m. at city hall.

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  • manofjustice Aug 12, 2009

    Tips will be mandatory starting at $50.00 per 100 feet. Like I said I will not charge people only tips are required.

  • manofjustice Aug 12, 2009

    I was considering starting up a bikcab business downtown. Will I have to have a license to drive a bikcab? I will not charge but just accept tips.

  • WRALSUCKS Aug 12, 2009

    gotta love those commtitees..

  • JustAName Aug 11, 2009

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the airport. I believe they only allow certain cab companies to pickup passengers there. I can't believe that there's not already some sort of license required to be a cab driver here already.

    I will say one thing, Raleigh cabs took credit cards for payment before Chicago did. I found that out the hard way.

  • Alabama01 Aug 11, 2009

    Also, require that any taxi driver speak ENGLISH!

  • sinenomine Aug 11, 2009

    Not sure what they're hoping to accomplish by this, but any improvement would be appreciated. Kid all you want, but the last time I visited New York the cab fleet there was better maintained and cleaner than Raleigh's and the drivers more knowledgeable. Many of Raleigh's cabs look like they went down with the Titanic.

    While they're at it is there a chance Raleigh cabs might be required to carry a "trouble light" like the amber lights on the rear decks of New York City cabs? They can be activated by cab drivers in emergencies to alert the police.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 11, 2009

    thank god, my entire life I have had no idea what a taxi cab was. Whoo, glad the politicos are going to explain it.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 11, 2009

    I wonder if this affects the pedicabs.