Regarding taxi ordnances in the city of Saint Augustine and the lack of enforcement:
I had emailed the mayor last December about my issues with the lack of code enforcement the city, city attorney’s office and code enforcement have displayed regarding my concerns.
The mayor suggested that I voice my concerns to Denise May the city attorney who wrote these regulations while colluding with Sax taxi a now defunct taxi service in Saint Augustine, Ms. May assured me all was well when in fact the transportation industry is rotten to the core. So, we at Abraxi Taxi would like a deferment for our taxi medallions. Once all the company’s I have mentioned in previous emails become legit we will pay for the certified mechanics and, the city medallions. During this reprieve we of course will keep our commercial taxi insurance current and our vehicles in a safe condition.
Once we see that other vehicles for hire are complying with the regulations and the city is being aggressive in its due diligence upholding its own rules and regulations we can then take our cars to get the proper medallions.
Since Uber and Lyfts are not taxis they should not be able to solicit business with the use of dome lights or in-vehicle identifiers. Both companies should also pay a fee to use our roads and bridges. Keep an eye on New York. To help with congestion add some sort of impact fee. If the city does not need this money for pot holes or sea wall construction, we could create a small fund for a transportation chief and small raises to the city police department. Someone needs to monitor these regulations or LET’S get together at a city meeting or workshop and undo or redo what is in the code.
Hotel shuttles need to be current on insurance and have the city as a lien holder as should all other local cab companies. Proper medallions should be on every vehicle with the correct color denoting the year valid for.
Code enforcement, a possible Transportation Director and the city police should be trained on these vehicles for hire standards and serious fines and penalties need to be assessed.
Gas powered carts are not taxis so no taking up the two taxi stands in town, words matter that’s one reason we need lawyers. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse and the penalties should be draconian.
Another option would be that like the ride share companies,there should be no regulations regarding vehicle for hire. If something bad should happen the city insurances should cover any injuries or loss of life. We at Abraxi will continue to carry commercial insurance and if others choose not to: so be it, let the chips fall where they may.
We appreciate the mulligan and if it is easier to just drop all regulations that is fine by us. Having 3 sets of rules is unjust. One set of rules for the evil empire which states do whatever you want with our blessing, the second set is to just ignore whatever we decreed, and the final set are for the ones foolish enough to adhere to them.
Dim witted as I am: I am at wits end. I have gone to city council meetings where I was belittled by a council member and admonished by the city manager, so I would like to avoid this route again. I have sent emails and resent emails to relevant 3rd parties. I have tried going to Cory at the water department and finally sent more emails to code enforcement and the city attorneys. Nothing has been addressed and it even more glaring and blatant. The city has written these fiats and should either enforce or vacate.