City Council votes to tighten taxi regulations

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 02, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa City City Council voted unanimously to tighten taxicab regulations on Tuesday.

Under the proposed ordinance, each taxi company may only charge one rate, and no individual cab can charge a rate different from its company.

The ordinance would also change the definition of a "Certified Calibrator" to an individual who has completed a taximeter calibration course and provides certification. Each time a taxi changes its calibrator, the city must be notified.

Taxis would also be prohibited from charging any fee that is not based on the destination's distance and/or time it takes to get there.

Each cab would be required to remove any decals advertising the taxi service when not in service.

— by Asmaa Elkeurti

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