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Huntington Beach taxis banned from green curbs

September 20, 2011 | 10:18 am

The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to prohibit taxicabs from parking or picking up customers from areas where the side curb is painted green in downtown.

The green 24-minute parking zones are restricted for business patrons who stop by for a quick purchase such as coffee from Starbucks or other shops in downtown, Police Chief Ken Small told the Huntington Beach Independent.

Although taxicabs have their own stands at Walnut Street, east of Maine Street, and in front of Shorebreak Hotel, they choose to park in the green zones to bypass waiting in the lines. But it's causing a lot of inconveniences for businesses and their customers.

"It's been going on for years," Small said. "We tried to work with the taxi drivers, to educate them and get them to move along. We tried to enforce those who park there for more than 24 minutes, but it's impossible to try to stay on top of that."

Small told the council his officers have received many complaints about it from businesses, and it is time to do something about it.

Mayor Joe Carchio said the ordinance is necessary since nothing else has worked.

"Most business owners are kind of fed up with it," he said. "Everybody is well aware of where the taxis are supposed to park.

The city will not begin citing violators right away but will inform them first of the changes.

Those who continue to park in the green zones will receive a $42 citation. The ordinance is set to go into effect in 30 days.

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-- Mona Shadia, Times Community News

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