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SCRANTON -- A cab company ready to hit the road in Lackawanna County has a false start because its drivers don't have the necessary papers.

The city of Scranton already has two cab companies and a third was supposed to start operations Tuesday.

Burgit's Electric City Taxi has been operating in Wilkes-Barre and expanded to Scranton with plans to start picking up fares on Tuesday.

However, after finding out it didn't have the license it needed to operate, drivers won't be able to pick up passengers until Wednesday.

About half a dozen cab drivers found themselves needing applications notarized rather than finding fares around Scranton.

Over at the new Burgit's Electric City Taxi garage in Scranton's south side, the taxis were parked on what was supposed to be the first day of operations in Scranton.

"Laws are laws. In Wilkes-Barre, you don't need a chauffeur license. In Scranton, you do. (It's) one of those little loop holes we'll go through," said Shawn Howell Burgit's Electric City Taxi.

Police curbed the cab company because drivers didn't have those necessary chauffeur licenses, so the cabbies filled out the necessary paperwork and turned it in to the police department.

"It shows any kind of warrants or any kind of convictions, makes sure (their) license is current and active, not suspended or anything like that," explained Scranton Police Capt. Dennis Lukasewicz.

According to police, a chauffeur license has been a must-have for cab drivers in Scranton for more than 20 years. It applies to Uber and Lyft drivers as well.

For now that license is the final hurdle for the newest cab company on the block before it's up and running.

"I guess it makes sure everybody's pretty good," said Furson. "You don't want bad people driving cabs. It is what it is."

"It's one of those things we didn't know. We'll get it down pat," added Howell.

The chauffeur license includes a photo of the driver for the cab passenger to see that he or she is certified and costs $15 a year.

Burgit's drivers have them now, and they'll be cleared to operate in Scranton starting Wednesday.

1 Comment

  • magicmikexxsm

    “Laws are laws. In Wilkes-Barre, you don’t need a chauffeur license, in Scranton, you do.

    Well how about you two get on the same freaking page when it comes to cab laws….and if you’re an Uber driver you just get a smart phone sign up and drive….right?

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