Bylaws needed for taxi services

Pictou-Advocate-opinion
To the Editor:

Having read in this week’s news that Trenton council is looking into and reviewing the bylaws for taxis and to create a regional taxi bylaw that covers all of Pictou County if adopted by all five municipalities, as one that has watched the taxi service here and around town and in the county I would never take a taxi. Here are some of the reasons for that. Some of the cars used look like they are ready for the scrap yard, both dirty on the outside as well as on the inside. And some with worn out tires and windshield wipers. Drivers are dressed in T-shirt and jeans and smoking — both inside and outside their cars. And in watching drivers doing pickups at different times, they never get out of their car to help anyone with parcels — with a good number of them being seniors — and they never open a door for anyone that has a disability.

Yes, I would say it is time that there is a bylaw passed by all municipalities to clean up the taxi service here in Pictou County for a bylaw is far overdue. For if a taxi service is offering a service to the public they should be neat and clean and have clean car and not be smoking but helping their customers with parcels and opening doors for seniors and the ones with a disability. And that is the way I see it.

Loyd Murray
New Glasgow