BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a win for taxi drivers at Tuesday's Biloxi City Council meeting. The council voted against an ordinance that would require Biloxi police officers to enforce the rules recently put in place by the Motor Vehicle for hire authority.
Many Gulf Coast taxi drivers have been at odds with the Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority since they put a long list of rules and regulations in place for the drivers to follow.
The Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority asked each individual city to pass ordinances that would make their police officers the enforcers of these rules, but in a 4-1 vote, Biloxi city leaders decided that having their officers police these drivers is not the route they want to take.
Ward 4 Councilman Robert Deming III, was quite vocal about why the city shouldn't support this ordinance, calling many of the rules the Motor Vehicle Authority has put in place arbitrary and capricious.
"I just don't see why the government should dictate to a business, a free enterprise that's operated by a private individual in the private sector, how they should operate that business," said Deming.