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Savannah City Council approves revisions to taxi ordinance

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Savannah City Council approved revisions to the city's taxi ordinance that some proponents of the change say modernizes guidelines for drivers and owners.

Negotiations have been going on for the better part of a decade on the matter.

The Savannah Taxi Owner Association said Thursday marks a big victory for the industry, in one of many battles to level the playing field with ride share companies now operating in Savannah

Under the new revisions, cabs will now accept credit card payments, with a maximum 3 percent charge when you use your card. Service animals will be allowed in the cars, and if you don't leave the car in the condition it was before you got in, it will cost you.

"There is a general consensus among taxi drivers and owners, this new ordinance is the right thing for the city of Savannah. Although, we all wish the state legislators had not done what they did, as far as allowing ride share companies to come into the city, we do know that city council is behind us and supports the long time partnership in the taxi industry,” said Mark Adelman, attorney for STOA.

Adelman says this will allow STOA to focus on what is perceived as the real battle with companies like Über and Lyft, and one could be happening as soon as next month.

We'll keep you posted. 

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