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Taxi owners: More taxi regulations in Iowa City are not 'fare'

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - In response to several sexual assault complaints over the last few months, taxi companies in one eastern Iowa city might have to follow tougher regulations.

The Iowa City Police Chief wants more regulations on taxi companies, but taxi owners aren't buying it.

"I agree with this, but this will also cost me money," said Adil Adams, American Taxi Cab owner. "If I rent an office it will costs me $500 a month, if I want to paint my cars, every car costs $700.

Adams has been the owner of American Taxi-Cab in Iowa City for five years, and says his business has already taken a hit after the 21-only ordinance.

He understands that Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine wants to make sure the public is safe, but says the potential change will impact his bottom line.

Hargadine's proposal asks for city-issued I.D.'s, 24-hour dispatching centers, distinctive colors for all the different cab companies in the area, and those are just some of the potential changes.

"I told him, this is more expenses for my company," said Adams.

Hargadine drafted a proposal following multiple sexual assault reports on women during the winter and fall months by Iowa City taxi drivers.

"I have only ten [drivers] because these sexual assault problems cause problem to my company," said Adams.

Adams says Hargadine told him he wants to have taxi companies hire drivers as employees, and not independent contractors.

Adams says if the city is willing to fund and help taxi companies pay for some of potential new regulations, he's all for it.

"For safety of the children or students i agree with the chief," said Adams.

Iowa City Police recommend if you have any complaints on a taxi company or the driver you need to fill out a complaint form on the city's website: http://www.icgov.org/site/CMSv2/File/police/taxicabComplaint.pdf

 
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