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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council has not said much on the taxi cab shortage in downtown that occurs during busy nights, but on Tuesday the majority agreed that it should be looked into.

“I think it might be time for us to chat with the cab companies again about getting more cabs out on the street, especially at busy times,” said Councilman Kevin O’Grady.

WWAY has spoken to many cab drivers that say the problem with the number of cabs downtown lies in the number of permits from the city. These drivers say if more permits cannot be issued than an exemption on busy nights like New Year’s would solve the cab shortage. Councilman O’Grady says he’s not sure if that is the best first step. The majority of council do agree though that the conversation regarding the cab shortage downtown is worth bringing up, especially with the cab companies who hold the majority of the permits that allow drivers to pick up downtown.

“They have always ensured me personally that there were plenty of cabs downtown,” O’Grady said. “I guess the question is why can’t we get them out on the street when they are most needed.”

Even though some city council members have acknowledged the cab shortage on busy nights, there is no word yet if council plans to bring the topic up during an upcoming meeting.

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Question??
2016 years 2 months ago

So that will make airport cabs without w# Illegal

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yes he can
2016 years 2 months ago

Yes your driver can come and get you from Wilmington if you pay hem for a round trip and a ricpet from hem that’s all what you need to do

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in response to brandon
2016 years 2 months ago

the non W cab you are talking about is a FOR HIRE vehicle. There is a huge difference between For Hire vehicles and gypsy cabs vs city and airport permitted cabs. All cabs with Ta plates are inspected and background checked. So W numbers are NOT the ONLY safe cabs. Airport cabs are safe and so are the Brunswick and Pender county licensed cabs.

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What about Port City Taxi?
2016 years 2 months ago

A few years ago the remains of two women were found off Carolina Beach Road. A driver for a W# cab for Port City Taxi is still one of the murder suspects. Shouldn’t throw stones in glass houses.

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I know you..
2016 years 2 months ago

I for one have never seen an Airport NON W cab without a TA Tag, which is a legal North Carolina plate for a TAXI Hence the TA before the number. SO AIRPORT CABS ARE COMPLETELY LEGAL. I know who you are HOHOHO… And you were once a NON W Airport cab… until you bought a few W Numbers (ILLEGALLY) for your company and flipped sides. Now I hear from all your employee’s that drive for the couple of cabs you own, what a “slave driver” you are and how you tell them to “hot… Read more »

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