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Newport News Eases Taxi Restrictions To Promote More Competitive Fares

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NEWPORT NEWS—Newport News City Council, in collaboration with the Newport News Taxicab Advisory Board, recently proposed changes to the Taxicab Ordinance in order to allow taxis to be more competitive with ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber.

Major changes from existing regulations, which were unanimously approved by City Council last week, include allowing each taxicab company to establish its own fare rates, eliminating requirements that taxicabs be of uniform color and lettering, eliminating the limitation on the number of certificates issued, rolling back restrictions on vehicle age, and eliminating the Taxicab Advisory Board.

Since passenger safety is now the main focus, taxicab owners must register for and obtain a certificate from the city to operate a taxicab, and taxicab drivers are required to apply for and obtain a permit from the city. Taxicabs are also subject to annual inspections for mechanical and safety issues, and to certain operating regulations to protect consumers.

These changes are scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2022.

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