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Sioux Falls considers new rules for taxi drivers

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The city of Sioux Falls believes the rules for catching a cab need updating.

But taxi drivers have a few concerns about the potential changes.

Sioux Falls cab drivers may see some new rules to ensure customers don't get taken for a ride

1st American Cab Company owner Todd Ellingson said "some of them I don't quite get, like how many drivers you have, and how long you can work."

Falls Metro Taxi owner Joe Goodface said "single drivers like me, they want us to keep track of our time and how long we've been out on the road, operating, hourly."

The meter's been running on an updated ordinance for Sioux Falls cabs for about a year but many believe there should be some new rules for the road."

"I do think it will make it fair because we do notice, mostly on weekend nights that there would be someone out working that doesn't have the city sticker," Ellingson said.

Sioux Falls Taxi owner Eldon Guericke said "when I started there were three companies in town, now there are about 30, and some are running illegally."

Sioux Falls city councilor Kenny Anderson Jr. said "we just want to make sure there is a set standard of rules that you have to go by if you want to be a taxi company in Sioux Falls." 

And how does operating a taxi in Sioux Falls compare to other cities in our area?

"The biggest thing right now, in order to operate, and fully be able to operate a cab company, is the insurance, which is pretty high, right now, we're about the highest in the Midwest," Goodface said.

"I think that some of the ordinances, like I say, they're good but to regulate how we do business, I don't understand because it's free enterprise in America," Ellingson said.

"We're just making sure we're providing a safe form of transport for the city," Anderson Jr. said.

In comparing Sioux Falls to other cities, the Public Service Committee found we have the highest maximum fares. It's $5.75 for the first mile compared to $4.95 in St. Paul, Minnesota or $4.30 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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