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TAXI LAW CHANGES JUNKED, AGAIN

25Cabbies, mostly in the background, helped fill the council chambers Monday night to oppose proposed changes to local regs. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As if in a strange time warp to 2008, an overflowing council chambers was the scene for another round of “let’s kill this taxi idea.”

The names and faces at Monday night’s council meeting were familiar, and their cry unchanged from the last time they huddled into the chambers: increasing the number of taxi licenses is bad for business.

And just as before, the second attempt to revise the borough’s taxi ordinance ran into a ditch.

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FILM REGS PAUSED; TAXI TALK RETURNS

film-makingA film crew tied up the Broad Street sidewalk earlier this month to shoot a commercial. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A proposal to implement a permit system to film in Red Bank may fall flat before it goes to a vote. In putting that idea on the shelf, the borough council pulled a controversial taxi ordinance back to the forefront after a brief summer hiatus.

As far as the film ordinance goes, some council members object to its purpose, to require film crews to apply for a permit, which would come with a fee. The idea was introduced last month to keep tabs on video activity in town and ensure production crews are following local laws.

It’s a little too Big Brother for councilmen Michael DuPont and Art Murphy.

“To me, it’s just too much government over a single thing,” Murphy said.

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COUNCIL DELAYS CAB CHANGES

yellow-carAny changes to the current taxi ordinance in Red Bank will have to wait while the borough council does more investigating. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If the borough council is going to make any changes to its taxi ordinance, it’s going to make sure they are the right ones, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday night, when a scheduled adoption of the amended ordinance was tabled.

The delay comes two weeks after the council proposed changes to its ordinance that would place tighter controls on cab owners and operators, some of whom are believed to be hording licenses in an effort to tamp down competition. But since the ideas were brought forward, the council has received a deluge of comments and critiques from those in the business, and the council is listening.

“If we’re going to make changes to the ordinance, they should be the best possible changes,” Menna said.

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