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Taxi Stands Removed Downtown; Cabbies Say They Must Break Law to Make Money

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Taxi drivers want more freedom to park in downtown Springfield. Urban Districts Alliance says taxi stands were removed because they weren't being used.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Taxi drivers want more freedom to park in downtown Springfield.

Urban Districts Alliance says taxi stands were removed because they weren't being used. 

Cab drivers say they make good money downtown, especially as the bars are closing. The problem is there is nowhere for them to park.

"I pretty much asked the officer why he pulled me over and he told me impeding traffic," says cab driver David Mullins.

Monday night, Mullins got a call from 421 S. Avenue. He pulled up, put his hazards on, then received a ticket.

"He turned around and proceeded to tell me that I broke the law. It didn't matter if I was in a cab or not."

In the past, they utilized taxi stands, but since they no longer exist in the downtown area, cab drivers must choose between parking illegally on the side of the street, or risk losing business.

"You either break the law, or you don't make any money!"

Mullins says there are many more cabs in this area than there were just a few years ago, and believes there should be taxi stands for a city this size.

"So we're changing as an industry that nobody wants to do anything about." He feels that cab drivers are doing police a favor. "So people don't have to drive home drunk, or have to take that risk.

The police department sent KOLR10 News a city ordinance on parking.  It reads, "No person shall park any vehicle upon a street or alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic."

Mullins says he's been a cab driver here for three years and this is the first ticket he's ever received.
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