Should older cabs be taken off Augusta roads?

Augusta taxis
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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Would you ride in a 15-year-old taxi cab even if it passed city inspection? Some commissioners say no and want the older cars off the road. Smaller cab companies are glad that deal did not go through.

The topic for The Inside Story on 96.3 KISS FM was about older taxi cabs this week.

Commissioner Marion Williams is against it and says it will hurt the independents.

"If you can make some money in a Volkswagen that's safe and stay in business, you ought to be able to do that," she said.

Teresa Rozanas, owner of Checkered Cabs, disagrees.

"People walk away from here talking about how bad our taxis look," she said.

"She knows that would take away a lot of business and that would put them more in charge," said Courtesy Alert Cab Owner Grace Coker.

She thinks changing the shelf life of cabs from 15 to 10 years would put her friends out of work.

"What difference does it make what year the cab is?" Coker said.

"I feel that the city needs to raise the standards all across the board," Rozanas said.

"We have inspectors to inspect those cabs. If you take care of a car, it will take care of you," Williams said.

"I know that police cars, after they have 100,000 to 150,00 miles, we don't use them anymore," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.

"We sell our used police cars to New york City and other larger cities to make taxi cabs out of those cars," Williams said.

Some commissioners plan to speak with officials at Fort Gordon, the mall and airport. They want to make sure every cab company has a fair shot for the contracts.

Be sure to check out Ryan Houston on 96.3 KISS FM with Fats and Cher on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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