Taxi amendments pass |

Taxi amendments pass

Amendments to the new South Lake Tahoe taxi ordinance passed a first reading Tuesday despite rumblings from one taxi purveyor.

A.J. Robinson, manager of Sunshine Taxi, told City Council members that he didn’t like the part of the ordinance that requires fares be posted on the exterior of cabs.

Robinson said his company will tell customers what fares are over the phone and they are posted inside the taxis.

“I don’t see the need for this,” Robinson said. “We’re just incurring a lot of cost.”

Robinson said his company has already had to spend a substantial amount of money to get into compliance with the ordinance passed in December.

Council members said they sympathized with Robinson, but were unwilling to change the amendment.

“It makes it more permanent,” Council member Hal Cole said of the exterior fare posting. “It’s not as easy to change (fares) with demand.”

Other proposed changes include allowing drivers licensed in Nevada to operate cabs in the city, increasing the minimum age of drivers from 18 to 21, and a prohibition of radio scanning equipment for the purpose of monitoring competitor’s fares.

The ordinance amendment must still pass a second reading at a future meeting before it becomes city policy.

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