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City considers licensing taxis

April 09, 2004

The Hagerstown City Council is considering licensing and regulating taxi and transit services after receiving complaints from citizens, city officials said this week. The services are currently regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission, which uses field inspectors to investigate complaints. Cuts in the number of statewide inspectors have raised concerns about whether the commission can provide adequate oversight.

The possibility of the city taking over the responsibility was discussed at Tuesday's council meeting.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said at the meeting that if the city were to establish its own regulations and enforcement, the costs would be paid with licensing fees.

Area taxi and transit service owners at the meeting were divided on the idea of city regulation.

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