Taxi ages extended in Miami-Dade County
Written by Miami Today on February 8, 2019
Taxicabs nearing retirement have been extended a lifeline, as Miami-Dade commissioners voted 12-0 to establish a two-year pilot program through which taxis 15 model years or less may continue operating on county streets – up 50% from the previous 10-year age limit.
Vehicles in the program will be subject to yearly inspections if 10 year or younger. If older, they must be examined every six months. Several other regulatory conditions apply.
Since 2012, county commissioners have created legislation to spare older cabs, drawing criticism from officials, hospitality leaders and the county’s Regional Transportation Committee.
But the measure’s sponsor, Rebeca Sosa, said a cab’s model age doesn’t necessarily reflect its overall shape. “Some of those taxis are in good condition,” she said at a Jan. 17 committee meeting. “What we’re doing is helping the industry up to a point, but with enough set-asides to make sure everyone is happy.”