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After midnight on a weekend night, the streets of downtown Charleston are littered with cabs and those would-be passengers trying to hail them. But if a proposal by Charleston police passes the council, there would be no more calling for drivers and no more hailing a cab, instead it'd be a stand on market and the cabs lining up for their fares.

City Councilman William Moody is the chair of the traffic and transportation committee. He says, "This puts all the cabs in one place so that all the bartenders, or police walking the beat - if someone is looking for a cab - they can tell them to go right there and they line up. First come, first serve basis."

Moody hopes this new idea will clean up the mess. "It really is a lot going on down there and people have been drinking, so stepping out in front of cabs, walking across the street, if we could just take a little bit of that taxi traffic, off that would be better."

Mike McGinnis is a driver with the Yellow Cab company. He says while he isn't necessarily against the proposal, he does have some concerns. "You are implementing something now when business is hard as it is right now."

McGinnis says most cab drivers downtown make their money by cruising the streets, and he is worried that being forced to wait in a line could affect the amount of fares they find. "We are not battling this, we just have a couple of concerns."

However, McGinnis is also looking at the positive, the fact that only registered cabs will be allowed in the waiting lines, will force away some renegade, unlicensed cab drivers. "Maybe with a cab stand situation here there would be a controlled situation, where we might be able to do the enforcement."

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