Mayor unveils plan to improve taxi-driver service

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has unveiled a long-awaited county proposal to improve taxi driver service at Miami International Airport (MIA) and PortMiami.

Dubbed Ambassador Cabs Program, the proposal would punish drivers who refuse service, payment by credit card or overcharge. Gimenez’s proposal would also require that drivers who serve MIA and the port carry in their vehicles credit card payment devices, SunPass electronic collection transponders, GPS navigation systems and security cameras.

Gimenez’s proposed ordinance is expected to be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the County Commission’s transportation and aviation committee — but may not come up for action at the Board of County Commissioners until October.

The crackdown on taxi drivers derives in part from a campaign to improve service launched recently by new county Aviation Department Director Emilio González.

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