Council interested in idea of new taxi rules for Iowa City; proposed ordinance to be formed


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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The City Council has expressed interest in formulating new rules to govern the taxi business in Iowa City.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says ( ) a council majority expressed during Tuesday's work session a desire to pursue recommendations from Police Chief Sam Hargadine. A sexual assault investigation last year was slowed because officers spent hundreds of hours trying to track down local cab driver information to build a case.

Hargadine said Tuesday that he will begin drafting an ordinance. The proposal could include a requirement that companies hire drivers as employees rather than as independent contractors, city-issued IDs and 24-hour dispatch centers.

Cab company officials have said they'll oppose some of the measures.

Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

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