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 Policy Order Resolution
  O-9
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  April 8, 2013
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge currently has a taxicab subcommittee that was established to review taxicab service issues and make recommendations to the Board of License Commissioners; and
    
WHEREAS: The Cambridge Advisory Taxicab Subcommittee is comprised of taxicab companies, taxicab drivers, taxicab passengers, local hospitality industry professionals, the Cambridge Office of Tourism, human service agencies, the Cambridge Consumers' Council, the Departments of Weights and Measures, the Cambridge Police Department, and the Cambridge Traffic and Parking Department and is chaired by the Executive Director of the License Commission; and  
    
WHEREAS:

Following a Boston Globe article reviewing the Boston taxi industry, the City of Boston has embarked on a reevaluation of existing industry regulations; and 

      
WHEREAS:

While some of the solutions proposed in Boston by taxi drivers include adopting a structure similar to that of Cambridge, some of the problems identified in the Globe article exist in Cambridge as well; and 

    

WHEREAS:

Given that the City of Boston is embarking on this effort and given that some of the issues of the taxi industry are regional in nature, including the dynamic between Boston and Cambridge cab companies, now is an appropriate time for Cambridge to also evaluate its regulatory policies; now therefore be it 
 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Cambridge Advisory Taxicab Subcommittee as to their recommendations on how the taxi and livery industry can modernize its services, provide heightened customer service, and protect drivers and how the City of Cambridge can be instrumental in assisting with these modernizations and report back to the City Council.  
    

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