In May, the City of Boise Clerk's Office told BW that there were 70 licensed taxi companies in Boise with a total of 154 cabs. But things were about to change dramatically and almost everyone agreed that a new set of rules would limit the number of taxi companies. Perhaps the biggest change--approved unanimously by the Boise City Council--is a requirement that debit and credit cards be accepted in vehicles. But more than one driver said they weren't thrilled. Additionally, all drivers must demonstrate the ability to understand English and criminal background checks are required for business applicants and operators.
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