New rule to catch a taxi in the Market area starts Friday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new way to catch a taxi at the Market goes into effect this coming Friday.

Late night crowds will only have three places to catch cabs from 12:30am to 3:30 am Friday - Sunday.

Charleston City Council gave the ordinance the green light July 17th.

Signs have been put up at the location of each stand. They include the hours and days the stands are to be used.

The three taxi stands will be along Market Street.

One will be near Meeting and Market. Another near the carriage ride pick-ups between Anson and Church streets and the third will be at East Bay and Market.

The taxi drivers will line up in those areas to pick up passengers.

Chief Mullen, the police chief for Charleston says this would create a safer and more secure environment for late night crowds.

Under the new rule cab drivers who pick up passengers randomly during the hours the taxi stands are enforced could face a $262 fine.

The city plans to test out the new ordinance for one year.

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