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February 21, 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 when they 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 most city dwellers. She prefers that the drivers use their cell phones to alert fares of their arrival.

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

YOUR VIEW:

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

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