Waltham May Apply Taxi Regulations to Limousine Operators

Posted on October 15, 2008 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

WALTHAM, Mass. — Limousine and livery services could be subject to some of the same regulations as taxi companies if the City Council approves a new ordinance.

The Ordinances and Rules Committee on Monday voted to send out a first reading of the ordinance to the council.

The measure would require routine vehicle inspections and background checks for drivers. The law would also require some type of identifying marker on the backs of vehicles so police can verify their registration. Drivers would also need to have photo identification posted in their vehicles.

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

Ward 9 Councilor Robert Logan first proposed the ordinance because he said some livery services flocked to Waltham to avoid strict regulations found in other communities. In some instances, he said a livery business may have obtained a Waltham address, but then would operate outside of the city.

Source: Daily News Tribune

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