Cincinnati City Council passes taxi cab reform

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday that would allow people to hail a taxi in the city.

The ordinance was submitted by Councilman Wendell Young. Previously, taxis weren't allowed to be hailed in the city, and could only be reached if they were called or if they were parked in taxi stands.

"To me, these were obvious and necessary reforms to our city's taxicab policy—and ones that needed to be implemented immediately," said Young. "I believe these changes will make the taxicab system in Cincinnati operate more effectively and efficiently, for both those people looking for taxis and those driving them."

The ordinance was passed in a Tuesday meeting of the Government Operations Committee, before heading to full council on Wednesday. The ordinance also requires that the driver's identification information be clearly displayed in the taxicab.

Councilman Young says he plans on further reforming Cincinnati's taxi regulations. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.

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