Communication roadblock to taxi bylaw implementation

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Taxi drivers in the area are frustrated by the lack of action of two municipalities to iron out details of a joint taxi bylaw. 

George MacDonald, owner of Truro-based Layton’s Taxi, said he feels they are getting a “complete runaround” because of the delay in resolving an issue that has been ongoing for more than a year and a half.

The Town of Truro has a taxi bylaw and Colchester County does not.

The taxi owner claims not having a bylaw in the county has created an unfair system for the two legitimate companies that operate out of Truro because they are subjected to licenses and fees that operators outside of the town’s boundaries, or those who do not wish to play within the rules, do not have to pay.

Officials with both the town and county are pointing fingers at one another without a clear solution on the near horizon while operators await a fair resolution.

Taxis provide an extremely important mode of transportation for many people in the community. It would be a devastating loss to the area if one of our few taxi companies gives up the fight for equality and ceases its operation.

It is in everyone’s best interest for the town and county to come to the table to expediently finalize the bylaws impacting this service once and for all. These hard working people that provide this service around the clock for those in need of transportation deserve better from our local governments.

 

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It is a relief to hear the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department is no longer under an imminent threat of having its assets seized by Revenue Canada.

The Truro Daily News recently reported that the department’s charitable status had lapsed in 2008 after proper paperwork was not filed with the federal department.

The fire department has since submitted an application for renewal and as been assured by Revenue Canada there should be no further problems as long as the paper work is kept up to date. We hope it is well received and our local firefighters can concentrate their efforts on protecting the community. 

Organizations: Revenue Canada, Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County

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