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Batavia may eliminate code regulating taxis

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – City officials don’t want to be in the business of regulating taxicabs.

The Batavia City Council’s Government Services Committee on Monday recommended deleting an ordinance from the city code regarding the regulation of taxicabs. The full City Council is set to vote on the recommendation at its meeting Monday.

City Administrator Bill McGrath told aldermen the rules, which date to 1972, aren’t needed. The rules dictate such things as requiring each cab to be in good working and sanitary condition, along with operation regulations.

“None of our fellow cities regulate cabs at the moment,” McGrath said. It appears that the market in the area is regulating the activity.”

State statutes allow cities to regulate taxis, he said.

As far as Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke recalls, the city never has exercised the authority to regulate taxicabs, McGrath said. He said the police department hasn’t received any complaints about taxi service, other than from cab drivers complaining about passengers trying to beat their fares.

“We don’t really have the staff to start overseeing cab companies,” McGrath said.

As part of the current ordinance, Schielke would have the right to revoke any taxicab license in violation of the rules.

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