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Biloxi puts off decision to leave Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority

In July, Biloxi city council members voted to withdraw from the Authority in 90 days. After hearing comments in a public meeting Tuesday, leaders decided to extend that decision until the end of the year. (Photo Source: WLOX) In July, Biloxi city council members voted to withdraw from the Authority in 90 days. After hearing comments in a public meeting Tuesday, leaders decided to extend that decision until the end of the year. (Photo Source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi wants more time to decide whether the city will continue to be part of the Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority.

In July, city council members voted to withdraw from the Authority in 90 days. After hearing comments in a public meeting Tuesday, leaders decided to extend that decision until the end of the year.

At issue: whether Biloxi should oversee taxi services itself or continue to be part of the Authority while insisting revisions are made.

Leaders say some of the proposed changes are lowering fees for drivers and adding regulations under which companies like Uber can operate.

"I think they need to fall under these rules and regulations," said Councilman Paul Tisdale. "I'd like to know that the person I'm driving with is a safe person to be with and that I'm in a safe vehicle. I think that's what they're going to be working on with this draft."

Biloxi officials say they are also trying to figure out how much it would cost the city to oversee taxi service. The city will continue take public written comments for the next 10 days.

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