TRURO – Some minor changes are in the process of being made to Truro’s taxi bylaw.
The intention by town council, as discussed at this week’s regular monthly meeting, is to update the town’s current taxi bylaw and bring it more in line with the Municipality of Colchester County’s taxi bylaw.
Three “minor” changes proposed by town solicitor John Akerman include upgrading safety stickers on the taxis, allowing small fuel-efficient cars to be used and a change in rate-setting.
Currently, the bylaw sets the rates in which customers are charged. If amended, a maximum rate would be set “so not to overcharge” while encouraging competition, said Akerman. He confirmed the current rate is $3 to start and $2.20 a mile. No updated rate figures were confirmed.
Two councillors wanted to see other changes made. Coun. Brian Kinsman suggested allowing some flexibility when dealing with offences.
“If a taxi driver has two offences in 12 months they lose their license for one year. I’d prefer to see some latitude … it seems harsh for two speeding tickets,” Kinsman said.
Coun. Raymond Tynes was interested in making first aid training more prominent.
The discussion was the first reading of the amended bylaw process. The second reading, which is required under the Municipal Government Act, is expected to take place at the regularly scheduled monthly town council meeting in September.