New Taxi Cab Ordinance Moving in Lexington

Mar 9, 2012

Lexington city leaders are moving ahead with a new taxi cab ordinance.  Although significant changes were proposed, the final version remains in line with the current law.  The issue was discussed earlier this week at city hall.  Jim Browder is the director of Lexington’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  “And not being able to get a taxi extremely early in the morning to catch early flights is a challenge sometimes…but late at night is more concerning..when individuals get stuck out at the airport,” said Browder. A proposal to lower the minimum taxi cab requirement from 25 vehicles to ten was rejected.  The biggest change is to require two independent inspections each year.

Committee members debated some previous problems which surfaced during inspections.  Bob Babbage, who represents Yellow Cab, says concerns are already addressed.

“Every one of those inspections re-done the next day passed…they passed the next day…so they weren’t missing a back seat or an axel or a steering wheel,” explained Babbage.

Babbage says the taxi firm has no problem with the independent review.    Will McGuiness is grandfathered into the current law with one operating taxi.  He plans to take the issue to court in an attempt to grow his business one vehicle at a time.

The ordinance has passed out of committee.  Now it goes before the full council.