More Taxis for Prince George's County

New measure adds 400 permits

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 PM EDT
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More Taxis for Prince George's County

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Prince George's County is on its way to doubling its fleet of taxi cab drivers.

New legislation will add 400 new permits for taxi cab drivers (currently there are 775). It will also allow for an additional 75 permits each year until 2016.

The measure also increases fees for licenses for drivers and creates new insurance requirements for drivers.

The bill passed by a unanimous vote of 9-0 in July but was vetoed by County Executive Jack Johnson. It was only the second time Johnson has used a veto since he took office in 2002.

Johnson argued there was not enough demand in the county for the additional licenses. He also said it would "cause more problems than it solves."

On Tuesday, the county council overruled the veto by a vote of 7-0. It is now set to become law in October.

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