The proposed new rules
Proposed changes include:
Taxi regulations amended to regulate what happens to a taxi operator’s license when they cease operations, and under what conditions a taxi license may be sold to another operator; albeit any transfer of license must be approved by council.
A taxi company that ceases operations for up to 30 days shall fully forfeit its license and shall not be permitted to renew its annual taxi license in any case. Taxi operators who pay any annual fees shall be refunded fees paid for the period while not in active operation.
When a taxi operator ceases operation for greater than 30 days, their permit is fully forfeited. The determination that a taxi business is not operational shall be based on no metered daily activity and/or no response to calls for service when checked by the town inspector. Taxi operators must provide verifiable records of daily metered activity; otherwise council will assume there is no activity when addressing such circumstances.
When a taxi operator elects to sell a taxi business, that business must remain in an active operation during the entire sale process and beyond.
When a taxi license becomes available because an operator ceases operation, this license will be immediately made available to the public through a public “expression of interest” process that is finally approved by council.