Clark said the town wants to license cab companies now under changes being proposed on the Town Meeting warrant next month. These licenses would run until the end of the year, at which point cab companies would have to apply for licenses under the new bylaw. Clark said the bylaw changes cover five areas.
For one, Clark said, the board is dropping language that implied that cab companies have to have a Danvers office. The new bylaw requires only a local phone number, not a Danvers one. Most importantly, the amended bylaw reduced liability insurance coverage requirements from $1 million per incident to $100,000 per person and $300,000 per incident.
The changes also eliminate a requirement that cab companies must have “Danvers” lettered on the side of their cabs (a decal from the town will suffice) and lower the annual permit fee for drivers from $100 to $50 for each driver.
Likterov said the town failed to address his major concern, rates, which he said are too low. Danvers charges $1 a mile after the first mile, while Likterov said Lynn allows $3 per mile and Boston $2.85 per mile.
“You are still $1,” Likterov said, calling the rate outdated. Clark said the rate could be dealt with by Town Meeting.
Selectman Dan Bennett asked North Shore Taxi General Manager Sean McKinnon what rate his company was charging.
“We are charging the mileage rate according to the bylaw,” McKinnon said.
At the behest of Selectman Keith Lucy, the board kept the public hearing open so that Tri City Services could get its drivers permitted for two cabs. With 25 cabs now licensed, Clark pointed out that in Danvers, “You should be able to get a ride.”
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.