MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City of Myrtle Beach is preparing to enforce a new law concerning taxis and limousines.
The ordinance that passed Myrtle Beach City Council Passed Tuesday night prevents limousines from operating like taxi cabs.
All limousines must now prearrange transportation with their clients, meaning they cannot hang out in a popular location and wait for someone who may need a ride.
The ordinance also dictates how taxis will operate. Taxis in the City of Myrtle Beach must have a taxi medallion, proper signage, and taxi cab insurance.
They must also have a meter that works in accordance with the city's rules. The taxis cannot charge per person.
Now that this ordinance is in effect, it is a misdemeanor to violate it. Violators can be charged a $500 fine and/or 30 days in jail. Any licensed taxi cab driver can lose their license as well, if caught breaking the rules.
The ordinance also allows taxis to carry up to 15 passengers, as long as they meet all of the requirements of a taxi.