Thursday, March 10, 2011
Taxi Regulations To Be Re-Visited
Faced with their first substantial disagreement over an issue, the Cookeville City Council has postponed a vote on a series of new taxicab regulations that some drivers claim could put them out of business. The issue came up as city officials were trying to make the rules more consistent. The current regulations require that cab drivers not have any felony convictions on their record. But the city says that regulation may be too severe, so they wanted to change it so that you could be a cabdriver if the conviction was more than ten years ago. But they also want to implement a change which would require owners of all taxicab business to not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to a felony within the preceding 10 years. And a representative of one cab company said that regulation would put them out of business. The council will discuss the matter again March 17.