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February 27, 2013

Cabs get OK to operate in town

Selectmen grant temporary permission to firms that apply for license by March 7

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Sean McKinnon, the general manager for North Shore Taxi, defended his Peabody cab company’s actions, saying the ad advertised the company’s limo service to the airport. Livery licenses are not regulated by the town, he said.

McKinnon said the proof of $1 million in insurance coverage that the town requires is impossible to obtain. The highest limits offered are $250,000 per person and $500,000 per accident. He said North Shore Taxi was not in operation when the taxicab bylaw passed in 2009, but he also said that perhaps he should have pursued a license anyway, after having made a casual inquiry to the town in 2010.

“I apologize to the board for not pursuing it further,” McKinnon said.

Town Manager Wayne Marquis said concerns from taxi companies center around the $1 million liability insurance limit as unattainable and unaffordable. Marquis said the town is still gathering information about insurance. Another problem is language that implies companies give “the intended place of business within the town of Danvers.” That wording, Marquis said, does not mean the company has to be based in town.

“To a lot of people, a cab is a luxury,” Papamechail said after the meeting. “To someone like me, if I can’t get a cab, I ain’t going nowhere.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

 

 

 

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