The city of Savannah will be temporarily allowing taxi and shuttle companies to expand their fleet over the St. Patrick's Day Festival to help meet the transportation needs of the expected influx of visitors.
Savannah currently has 38 registered taxi companies operating 203 vehicles, and 16 shuttle companies operating 49 shuttles. Savannah Mobility and Parking Services, which regulates the industry, will give the existing companies temporary permits for additional vehicles if they meet certain criteria. In order to receive the temporary permit, the companies must:
Be affiliated with an existing Savannah taxi or shuttle company
Provide proof of insurance for the added vehicle
Be a 2003 or newer model of vehicle
Post magnetic signs on the side of the vehicle indicating the company name with a minimum of 4 inch letters
Purchase a temporary commercial decal (cost is $80)
Post a rate sheet issued by Mobility and Parking Services
Display the temporary shuttle decal in the windshield
Have a driver with a current City of Savannah taxi permit
Provide a 7 year Motor Vehicle Report
Be inspected and pass inspection
Taxis and shuttles are not permitted to operate on city roads unless they are licensed by the city of Savannah. Throughout the weekend, Mobility and Parking Services enforcement officers will be targeting taxis and shuttles operating illegally. Those caught will be issued a citation, and face paying a fine of $750.