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Not that you can find a taxi in L.A., but ...

February 21, 2008 |  3:15 pm

Taxi_ilnm92nc_2  You hail a cab in downtown L.A. -- legal. The cabbie actually stops -- illegal. Which, let's be honest, is illogical. Apparently the Board of Taxicab Commissioners (who knew?) agrees.

During a lively meeting at City Hall, cabbies and commissioners and city officials talked taxi, Daniela Perdomo reports.

Los Angeles has some of the most stringent taxi regulations in the country: Cabbies can’t pick up passengers in a bus zone, alongside a red curb or on a busy street when no-parking regulations are in effect. During rush hour, the city’s busiest streets become “no stopping” zones, which means drivers could be ticketed for loading.

And though the participants batted around some possible solutions, please don't practice your ear-piercing whistle just yet. Before heading for the exits, the board called for the city’s Transportation Department to prepare a detailed report with recommendations on how best to, ahem, move forward.

Taxi!

--Veronique de Turenne

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