He said there were instances of convicted felons driving drug dealers around Middletown. Cunningham said some drivers have been found drivers to have falsified information on the permit applications.
Cunningham said those who have committed “violent offenses” or are driving under suspension have been eliminated from operating a cab during the application process that eventually has to be approved or denied by Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.
He hopes the revised ordinance — armed with its stricter penalties — will reduce the possibility of illegal activity occurring in and around the cab business, a trend police have fought in the past.
“Citizens expect some form of checks and balances in issuing taxi-cab permits,” he said.
The change, which was given a first reading at last week’s Middletown City Council meeting, is expected to be adopted at council’s Sept. 5 meeting.