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April 28, 2011  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Bill would increase regulations for taxi drivers hired by districts


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Under legislation approved by a House panel on Wednesday, taxi drivers and vehicles used to transport students would face stricter regulations.

Rep. Ann Williams, the sponsor of Senate Bill 1669, said some school districts contract with taxi companies to transport individual students as a way to cut costs, according to a story on Pantagraph.com. Williams told the news source that many of these students have special needs, so it might not be easy for them to take a bus.

The bill would require taxi drivers to undergo background checks and vehicles would undergo regular safety checks. There would also be some insurance requirements.

The legislation was approved by the state Senate in March. It will now go to the House for further discussion.


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The way business is being conducted now, it's an insult to commercial drivers who have withstood the most strenuous background checks--and obtained a commercial license--in order to be entrusted with the responsibility of transporting students. Let's face it--a cab driver could be just about anybody. So what's the point of a commercially licensed professional?

Peter Felknor    |    May 01, 2011 11:54 AM

Great idea, but the cab companies will increase fares.

Rich Grindel    |    Apr 28, 2011 03:50 PM

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