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Regina taxi bylaw changes approved by council

Regina city council has approved some changes to the taxi bylaw, but some in the taxi business say they don't like where those changes are going.

Regina city council has approved some changes to the taxi bylaw, but some in the taxi business say they don't like where those changes are going.

The bylaw amendments, which were approved at Monday night's council meeting, mean six new temporary taxis will be added this year.

Under the bylaw changes, approved on Monday, all taxis in Regina will have to have security cameras installed within the next three years. (CBC)

Those new taxis will mean more competition for Regina Cabs, said Sandy Archibald, the company's operations manager.

"Until we see the wording in the bylaw, that's what we live and die by, and we only saw that at the last meeting," Archibald said.

"There should have been consultation at that point, more serious consultation."

A city administration report, released last month, recommends adding more taxis each year. There are currently 120 licensed cabs in Regina.

Officials want 12 new taxis to be added this year. The ultimate goal is to have about 146 cabs on the city's streets.

Under the approved bylaw amendments, all taxis in Regina will be required to have security cameras installed within the next three years.

Archibald said overall, council has made 10 major changes to the city's taxi industry in more than 60 amendments.

Many of Regina's taxi owners and operators have lost faith in the system, Archibald said, adding that some have already left the industry in the past month.

"Some are leaving because of the way it was conducted. I mean, there [were] some changes behind closed doors, and that didn't sit well with people," she said.

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