Commission considers change to taxi cab law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four months after police stopped enforcement of a controversial taxi cab ordinance in Gwinnett, officials are considering changes to the law.

The first hearing for the changes is at 2 p.m. Tuesday before the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners.

Cpl. David Schiralli said the major problem encountered with the law, established in 2006, is it forced all cab company owners to get a permit in Gwinnett to pick up or drop off a customer here, even if their businesses were located in surrounding jurisdictions.

"All we're doing is honoring their permit," Schiralli said of neighboring counties. "It would only be fair."

The ordinance includes regulations to ensure cab drivers are legal residents, have driver's licenses and insurance and drive safe vehicles. It also sets standard rates.

Attempts to reach Chairman Charles Bannister for comments on the proposal were unsuccessful.

Commissioners will consider adoption of the ordinance June 24 at a 7 p.m. hearing.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Board of Commissioners meeting

· When: 10 a.m. work session, 2 p.m. business session Tuesday

· Where: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville