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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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34 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: City Council says it might be time to look into cab shortage downtown"

2015 years 10 months ago

TECHNICALLY: they are NOT legal to do business within a 5 mile radius of the Wilmington city limits. AND…own municipality or not…as set up, the airport authority cannot make any rules or regulations that conflict with the laws of the State of North Carolina. North Carolina says a business license CAN NOT cost more than $15.00 per YEAR. The airport charges what? It no shock the cabs permitted up there don’t make any money, what with how much they have to pay the airport for a permit.

2015 years 10 months ago

State Laws trump City Laws. No such thing as a city license plate. Sorry.

should be that easy
2015 years 10 months ago

Should be that easy but it’s not. This argument has been going on for years. Tell city council. Again. They don’t listen to anyone but the W cabs.

2015 years 10 months ago

Look man you are ILLEGAL TAXI you know you need w# to start a cab and I love to know why the SECY OF STATE NEED YOUR TA TAG any one can get one that don’t mean you are ligel taxi lol get over your self and go find a job and I am sure you have no life so try to get one and get lost. By the way who sig on you TA tag? The airport? By the way all the illegal cabs trying to get there tags from Leland or burgow or other county’s all the DMV agencies will b notified soon. Ps port city kats letts they need drivers all the time and soon I will post all the illegal taxis in Wilmington so please don’t ride with them for your SAFTEY

2015 years 10 months ago

One day soon an illegal taxi will run a red light and hit someone and run. There will be plenty of witnesses who will identify it as “XYZ TAXI”. But the police will look it up and say “we have no record of an XYZ TAXI.” Or a uncw student will get robbed and raped late one friday night. Or any other horrible thing could happen because these cabs are allowed to run around every night unlicensed. They’re already out there. Some have been running for several years with no city license. These people knew when they bought, metered, and lettered their vehicles that there were no more W#’s left in the city. They chose to break the law. In some cases, because they knew they couldn’t pass the city background/drug test. They are running an illegal, unlicensed business. The same as anyone that sells drugs or burned DVDs. Except noone in WPD is even trying to stop them. They say that it is unfair and they aren’t allowed to work in a “right to work” state. Not true. At any time they could go apply for a job with a licensed company and work for them. Kats, Letts, Yellow, and Port City are always hiring. Again, they CHOOSE to operate illegallly.


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