Potsdam Village Board of Trustees accepts rates for Star Taxi in Canton
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:48 pm

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- The village Board of Trustees voted Monday night to accept the rates submitted by North Star Taxi of Canton.

So far, North Star is the only taxi company to ask for rate approval by the board.

Other taxi services must post their rates by the end of April and apply for renewal of their village permits by that time. The board will not meet again until May 21, but the board can vote to approve rates submitted this month then, village officials said.

North Star Taxi, owned by Gulam Sabir and operating since July 2016, got approval to charge $20 for a trip from Canton plus $2.30 per mile within the village; for distances farther than Canton or if in the village already, $10 to sit in the car plus $2.50 per mile; more than two people in the car, 50 percent more; every extra stop costs $10 plus $1 per minute of waiting time. Those rates are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outside of those hours, the charge is 50 percent extra.

If someone calls for a taxi but fails to appear, they must pay North Star 50 percent extra next time they call for a ride.

The village revised its rate approval and permit procedure last year after one taxi operator, Taxi Zero, had a driver that was issued a ticket for charging more than the rates that were posted at the time.

The village adopted changes to local law to formalize rate and permit approvals.

Taxi Zero, Potsdam Taxi, and Madstop Potsdam Taxi have all been operating in Potsdam under the new provisions.

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are not covered by the village ordinances, but operate under state regulations, village officials said.