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City Council adopts regulation plan for for-hire transportation

March 24, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday OK'd a plan developed by city and state officials on how to better regulate taxi cabs and other for-hire transportation services in the city.

The city had considered drafting its own regulatory system for for-hire transportation services after several citizen complaints about safety and cleanliness of the vehicles used by local companies.

Under the new plan, the Hagerstown Police Department and the Maryland Public Service Commission will work together to enforce the Public Service Commission's regulations on for-hire transportation, officials said at the council's Tuesday work session.

Among the items covered in the plan, the Public Service Commission will provide training to city police officers on state regulations governing for-hire transportation, the Public Service Commission will increase its local enforcement efforts, and the Public Service Commission will hold local hearings as well as offer local assistance with licensing.

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- Gregory T. Simmons

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