BURLINGTON, Vt. —An out-of-work Burlington taxi driver claims in a lawsuit that the city’s latest regulations for taxis are invalid and have illegally deprived him of a license.
He’s half right, according to Chittenden Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford.
Crawford’s ruling last week apparently nullifies a city ordinance, passed in July 2011, that increases fees and imposes meters on all taxis. The city failed to follow state laws requiring a public referendum for the ordinance, the judge ruled.
But, Crawford said, municipal authorities were justified in putting the cab license of Francois Nsibienakou, 45, on a six-month hold for running afoul of registration and insurance rules.