New regulations for Chapel Hill taxi drivers are in the works.
The town is considering a new ordinance that could limit the fees charged by taxi drivers and impose new rules to make sure taxi companies are safe and fair to passengers.
The Chapel Hill Town Council has scheduled a hearing to get feedback from residents about the regulations Monday night.
The new rules could require taxi drivers to get a permit, charge a flat-rate, require a taxi franchise to have more than one vehicle, and add pedi-cabs as a regulated transportation mode.
Taxi companies would be inspected at least once a year by the Chapel Hill Police Department, which would designate responsibilities into a formal office of "taxicab inspector," Chief Chris Blue told the council Monday night.
The town may also explore putting taxi stands downtown, he said.
"When we're trying to monitor the many companies in Chapel Hill if they're congregated in one location, it makes it a lot easier for our officers out and about to see that they're licenced businesses," he said.
The rules come after a petition by former UNC Student Body President Mary Cooper last year, who said regulations were needed to make sure students were safe and charged fairly.
Town officials met with a number of taxi company owners over several months, Blue said. One of the key issues raised had to do with predictable rates and fares, he said.
"Sometime they charge significantly higher rates because the number of trips they're able to complete on a night with lots of traffic is significantly reduced," he said.
The council will hold a hearing on June 18.