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Law to allow Suffolk to regulate taxis passes

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State lawmakers have approved a measure that will allow Suffolk County to regulate its 2,500 taxis, limousines and livery vehicles and generate an estimated $340,000 year in new revenue.

The new law, which still needs the approval of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will allow the county to set standards for insurance and inspections and provide regulatory oversight over cabs and limos to ensure consumer safety and cut down on competition from illegal gypsy cabs.

Backers also say it would end the disadvantage for smaller Suffolk limo and taxi companies that are now unable to drive prearranged trips to New York City. The new law would allow such companies to make such trips without having to obtain separate licenses from other counties.

Vanessa Baird-Streeter, spokeswoman for County Executive Steve Bellone, said the administration believes Cuomo is in favor of the measure, and added the regulations will be overseen by the consumer affairs office, which will not need any additional personnel. She said the fees assessed on each vehicle would include an annual $100 registration fee, plus a one-time $25 application fee and $10 certification fee.


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