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Raleigh to consider taxicab changes

Posted August 11, 2009 1:33 p.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2009 1:57 p.m. EDT

— 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.