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February 22, 2013

Cab firm applies for license in Danvers

Hearing will be March 17, leaving passengers out of luck in the meantime

DANVERS — A small Beverly transportation company was the first yesterday to apply for a taxi license in town after police cracked down on several out-of-town cab companies Tuesday for picking up fares without a license to operate.

It will not be until March 17 that selectmen can hold a public hearing on the application of ND-A-RYD, located at the Cummings Center in Beverly. That’s the earliest a hearing can be held after it is advertised on March 7, Assistant Town Clerk Kathy Woytovich said.

On Wednesday, four cab companies took out applications, the same day that Woytovich was fielding calls from residents upset they couldn’t get a cab to pick them up.

The crackdown hasn’t only affected residents. Amanda Sylvester, a Salem resident who works as a cashier at Sports Authority at the Liberty Tree Mall, said yesterday that she might have to walk four miles home when she works closing shifts that last until 10 p.m., since the last bus leaves at 7:30 p.m. and she can’t always depend on co-workers to give her a ride.

“If I don’t have a co-worker who is able to drive me home on a closing shift, what am I supposed to do, walk in 17-degree weather four miles?” she said. “What am I supposed to do, call Danvers police and ask if they’ll give me a ride home every night? It sounds a little crazy, but that’s what this has come down to.”

Sylvester said she’s been depending on the $10 rides to and from work since she totaled her car about a month ago. Getting to her job hasn’t been a problem because taxis are allowed to drop customers off in Danvers — it’s getting home that’s the hard part.

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