We Want Your Opinions

February 18, 2007

ISSUE: Frustrated with the noise outside her apartment complex, Annapolis Alderwoman Julie M. Stankivic is drafting a bill that would subject city cabdrivers to fines for honking their horns to pick up passengers. Stankivic, who has filed eight complaints in five weeks against cabdrivers, said the city is being "besieged" by the disruption familiar to every city dweller. She prefers that the drivers use their cell phones to alert fares of their arrival. She declined to offer details of her legislation

But Alfred LaGasse, executive vice president of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, a national organization based in Kensington, said he couldn't think of "a city in any place in the whole wide world" that has attempted to ban honking, excessive or otherwise. "To pass a law that says you can't honk your horn if you are picking someone up, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me," he said. "Actually, it makes no sense to me."

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Should the city fine cabdrivers for plying their trade this way? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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