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Waltham, Mass. City Councilor Still Pushing for Limousine Regulation

Posted on September 9, 2008 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

WALTHAM, Mass. — An ordinance that would set up new laws for limousine and livery services is still waiting to be sent to City Council for approval.

Ward 9 Councilor Robert Logan submitted a resolution in February that would require limousine and livery services to follow the same laws as taxi cab companies.

"They would be subject to most of the same regulations," Logan said. The proposed ordinance requires routine vehicle inspections and background checks for drivers. The ordinance also requires that medallions be posted on the back of each vehicle so police can verify their registration.

In addition, all drivers would need to have photo identification posted in their vehicles.

Logan said that the proposed regulations are still being fine-tuned by the council's Ordinances and Rules Committee. He said some members of that committee wanted the proposal to be reviewed by both the Law Department as well as the Police Department.

The Massachusetts Port Authority requires any business that provides vehicle service to Logan Airport either provide a document that says it complies with the city's laws or a letter from city officials which states that no such laws exist.

Logan said because Waltham has nothing on the books yet, the city has become a "magnet" for limousine and livery services looking to avoid regulations that are in place in other communities.

In some cases, Logan said a livery business will obtain a Waltham mailing address, but operate the business outside the city.

Logan, who is chairman of the council's Licenses and Franchises Committee, said the committee has put an "informal moratorium" on reviewing petitions and issuing Massport letters until the new regulations for the city are finalized.

There are three petitions for Massport letters on the City Council's docket for tonight's meeting.

Source: Daily News Tribune

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