Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New Taxi Rules Coming?

Among items not available to the public at Monday's City Council meeting were two proposed ordinances related to taxis. As described by Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson, one ordinance would establish fines for taxis operating in Plainfield without city licenses. Besides the many city-based companies, taxis from nearby towns can sometimes be seen soliciting customers. Fines would range from $300 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $800 for a third infraction.
The second ordinance would provide for a "universal" taxi driver's license. Williamson said at present a driver whose employer goes out of business must start from scratch to obtain a license in order to work for another company. The proposed change would allow a driver, once licensed, to work for any taxi company in the city.
According to Williamson, the ordinances were not available Monday even though they had been given to the city clerk for inclusion in the council packet. Williamson said he wanted the ordinances to be up for passage on first reading April 13 and would provide them directly to the council members. Now that the council meets just once a month, second reading and final passage will then be in May.
Click here for a previous blog post on city taxis.
--Bernice Paglia


Blogger NaRudy said...

I have to say, I like both ordinances.

I would also like to see a regular shuttle run in cooperation with local towns to some of the neighboring towns to popular shopping/employment areas on Route 22. Blue Star, Watchung Mall, etc.

Some folks without cars have to take a taxi to get to work or to shopping right now, an expense that cuts into already low wages for jobs and makes shopping more expensive.

There are lots of transportation grants out there for this kind of service, and I am sure the Malls would be willing to help sponsor to put their logos on the vans.

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