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City will examine ways to create more space for cabs

The City of Winnipeg hopes to create more space for taxicabs in downtown Winnipeg, Mayor Sam Katz’s office said Thursday.

Katz plans to move a motion at a future committee meeting asking city staff to explore ways to create more space for cabs.

Cabbies want to see loading zones around bars and hotels extended into the evening and they also want police to stop ticketing cab drivers who are picking up or dropping off customers while not stopped properly, including stopping in no-stopping zones.

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Cabbies want to see loading zones around bars and hotels extended into the evening and they also want police to stop ticketing cab drivers who are picking up or dropping off customers while not stopped properly, including stopping in no-stopping zones.

The city has previously looked at allowing cabs to wait for fares in front of loading zones and fire hydrants, provided cabbies remain in their vehicles so they can get out of the way of emergency vehicles, if need be.

The move follows the threat of a downtown-service boycott by cab companies on Sept. 7. The cab companies backed off after Katz agreed to meet with them.

 

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