Amherst puts taxi bylaw on hold

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AMHERST – Amherst is pulling back its proposed new taxi bylaw to continue to gather input from the industry.

Speaking to council during its October committee-of-the-whole meeting, acting police chief Ian Naylor said a meeting was held Oct. 17 with taxi owners with a good exchange of ideas on how to improve the bylaw.

Council was supposed to consider second reading of the bylaw at its regular meeting on Monday

Naylor said the taxi owners had a concern with the town’s requirement to have safety inspections done by a garage of the town’s choosing.

“They feel that the people they are going to are qualified because they are licensed to do safety inspections,” Naylor said.

There’s also an issue with the suggestion to have signage on the doors and the suggestion was made to change the roof sign section to allow for larger signs that could be used for paid advertising.

Naylor said there was also a discussion on restricting the number of licences and the registration of businesses with provincial agencies.

The acting chief said staff are collecting information on the issues that were raisd and there will be a follow-up meeting with the taxi owners.

He expects the bylaw to be ready to come to council’s committee-of-the-whole meeting by next month.


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