|North Adams Taxi Could Lose License|
|By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff|
08:49AM / Tuesday, September 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on whether to pull OTT Taxi's operating license.
The taxi service was put on probation
back in February for violations including unlicensed and underage drivers and unmarked cars being used to pick up fares.
Councilors at the time had little sympathy for owner John Lord's claims that he didn't know or understand the city's ordinance regulating taxi services.
But they did not wish disrupt the livelihoods of his drivers and the customers who needed the company's services and so issued a "stern warning" and 30 days probation.
Tuesday's public hearing is prompted by what officials say are continued violations.
A document supplied by interim Police Chief Mark Bailey refers to 14 violations, four parking citations and seven instances of drivers operating taxies without valid licenses. These violations were between Sept. 30, 2022, and July 22, 2023.
"Although there are reports of further violations occurring, these are the ones that have been documented by the North Adams Police Department, Bailey wrote.
In July, police say Lord was again seen driving taxi cabs, for which he does not have a license.
OTT has also moved out of its River Street offices this summer but has not changed the address on its license as required by ordinance.
Lord was informed by letter that "due to the continued issues, the City Council has determined they will need to reconvene to discuss them and determine its course of action."