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Merrimack Valley

June 12, 2013

Judge: City can't keep taxis out

Out-of-town cabs can return to Lawrence

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The City Council is expected to consider additional changes to the ordinance and had a public hearing scheduled for Friday night.

“This is definitely a win for the out-of-town taxicabs and should also be a wake-up call for the City Council,” Caruso said. “There are 28 tickets that have been issued at $500 plus 28 cabs been towed at $145 per tow since the council made its changes in the ordinance. I think the city owes that money back for all the cab owners.”

Caruso noted the cab drivers he represents also have a pending federal lawsuit which questions the city’s cap of 150 taxi cab medallions that have been in place since 2006.

“We have a situation where three companies control almost 80 percent of the medallions. The damages we will be seeking will part of that federal action,” he said.

Caruso noted that even as recently as last week, the Lawrence Police stopped an Andover taxicab, issued a $500 fine and towed the cab “even though the passenger summoned the cab herself from Lawrence.”

“Obviously, the Police Department and the City Legal Department are not talking,” he said.

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