D.C. Council OKs Taxicab Regulation Overhaul

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The District of Columbia Council has approved an overhaul of its taxicab regulations to make cab use more modern and rider-friendly.

The changes approved Tuesday would require credit card readers and GPS tracking devices in all cabs.

The number of handicapped-accessible cabs would be expanded, and cabs would also be asked to adopt a uniform color scheme.

Taxi drivers angrily voiced objections to the requirements on Tuesday and protested at the district government building.

Also Tuesday, Council members postponed debate over regulating Uber, a luxury car service with a growing following.

Other changes as noted by the D.C. Taxicab Commission website include expanding the type of vehicles allowed to operate to include compact and midsize SUVs, updating the cruising light requirements and updated seat belt requirements.

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