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Oswego Common Council adopts new taxi cab restrictions

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The Oswego Common Council

The Oswego Common Council has approved amendments to its taxi cab laws that lawmakers say will improve public safety.

The new resolution adopted Monday night establishes a "good moral character" clause to help city officials determine who can get a license to drive a cab in the city. It spells out what crimes could preclude someone from obtaining a license, such as murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and others.

"Ultimately, the good moral character is for the protection of the public," said Councilman John Gosek, who sponsored the resolution. "It goes back to safety. We want to know who’s behind the wheel."

The Oswego chief of police would ultimately make the decision about who's approved to drive a taxi on a case-by-case basis.

Other changes to the law include lowering the taxi licensing fees and allowing drivers to pick up multiple parties if their customers consent.

Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.