CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An amendment to the City of Charleston's Taxi Stand Ordinance will go into effect Thursday, prohibiting taxis from picking up passengers along a stretch of King Street during certain late night hours.
According to the ordinance, taxis will no long be able to pick up passengers on King Street from Spring Street to Calhoun Street Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Instead, taxis will have to park at four stands located on side streets along King Street, where pick ups can be made:
- King Street and Reid
- King and Morris
- King and Radcliffe
- King and John
A fifth taxi stand will be located at on Calhoun Street.
Officials say the ordinance is to ensure public safety for pedestrians, taxi customers, and regular vehicular traffic.
Charleston police say a voluntary compliance period will be in effect over the next two weeks, during which times notices will be handed out to taxi drivers operating on King Street. These notices will explain the amended ordinance.
After February 1, officers will begin issuing citations.