Downtown Taxi Stands Permanent With Time Amendment

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, February 06 2012 Feb 6, 2012 Monday, February 06, 2012 7:43:00 PM CST February 06, 2012 in News
By: Devon Fasbinder

COLUMBIA - Downtown taxi stands and no drop off or pick up spots were made permanent Monday night by City Council with the enforcement time moving from 9:00p.m. until 10:00p.m.

The Downtown Safety Summit proposed designated areas for taxi services on June 7, 2010, indicating that they would improve public safety.  A pilot program of the stands took effect from May 1 until Dec. 31 of last year. 

The taxi stands originally allowed only taxis, limos, busses, or STRIPES cars from 9:00p.m. until 2:30a.m. every night, but police officers indicated that they would let the hour between 9:00p.m. and 10:00p.m. be a "grace period" and would not enforce the ordinance.  City Council decided to amend the ordinance instead to start at 10:00p.m. 

City Council members debated issues regarding people with disabilities and nights with bad weather and low traffic.  Police officers responded with the intention to use discretion in these situations.

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