Stateline Taxi up for permit
There is a taxicab applicant hearing for Stateline Taxi today at 9 a.m. at the City Council Chambers.
According to South Lake Tahoe City Code, any person desiring to obtain a permit to drive a taxicab must apply for an operator’s license to the chief of police or his designee. Following receipt of an application, a public hearing is set.
South Lake Tahoe Police Commander George Brown will preside over today’s hearing.
“Part of the application process is a public hearing,” Brown said. “The purpose is for them to come forward and prove they have met the requirements of the city ordinance and it is also a time for any interested parties who might have concerns or an interest in the application to come forward and make those concerns or interests known.”
South Shore taxicabs are required to obtain licensing from the regulatory agency on the side of the state line where they are picking up passengers. As of January, neither the city of South Lake Tahoe nor the Nevada Transportation Services Authority recognized Stateline Taxi as a licensed operator.
In February, Stateline Taxi Owner Jeffrey Lincoln was cited by South Lake Tahoe police for failing to comply with city taxi ordinances. Prior to citing Lincoln, the police department received numerous complaints that Stateline Taxi was using a radio scanner to listen to calls dispatched to other taxi companies within the city, then “jumping” those calls, South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s Taxi Enforcement Officer Marcel Mattingly said in February.
Brown also commented on the taxicab’s lack of compliance with the city ordinance.
“That was the whole problem that brought them to our attention,” he said. “They had been operating without a license issued by the city. We had been making a concerted effort to get them to comply with the city ordinance. We were very unsuccessful because it was very difficult to catch them doing business in the city.”
Despite past problems, Brown said he believes Stateline Taxi is ready to operative legally and fairly.
“That is in the past and they want to play by the rules and I have every belief and hope that they will do exactly that,” he said. “They will live up to the city ordinance and conduct their business in a fair and decent manner.”
Brown may not make a decision today regarding Lincoln’s licensing application.
“We do record what’s going on, the comments that are made,” Brown said. “I can either make a ruling at that time or I can weigh all the facts and take it under submission and issue a letter of approval or denial at a later time.”
Lincoln was contacted for comment but did not return the Tribune’s calls.
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