Portland: Peaks Island golf cart 'taxi' must be licensed

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The City Council in Maine's largest city has effectively put the kibosh on a young man's golf cart transportation service on Peaks Island.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Rand has offered rides in his golf cart in exchange for tips from people getting off the Peaks Island ferry. But the Portland City Council voted 5-3 Monday to require golf carts to be licensed as taxis and to carry insurance like any taxi operator.

Rand says he doesn't make enough money to pay for insurance, which can cost $5,000 a year.

The Portland Press Herald says the Peaks Island Transportation System, a nonprofit group that used $20,000 in city money to buy a van, asked for the change because Rand was taking away business.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Peaks Island

The Peaks Island Transportation System are a bunch of thumb sucking whiners. Whatever happened to free enterprise. Have they never heard of the work "competition"?

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Taking away business?

The young man has an unfair competitive advantage because he is not paying insurance, but I don't hear Hannaford's squawking about kids who sell lemonade on their street corners without a vendor's license. The only concern I have for that young man is what would happen if somebody got injured falling out of the cart during a sharp turn. That "victim" would find a lawyer and things would get very complicated very quickly.

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Not the kid's change

The transportation company did not ask for the kid's change. It asked for the change in policy, requiring the kid to be licensed because the kid was taking away their business.

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So a nonprofit that used city

So a nonprofit that used city money to buy a van is crying because a kid is cutting in on their territory? Too bad!!! This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard. I agree with Blue Eyes, buy a 3 wheeled pedal bike and give rides.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

In an unexpected display of

In an unexpected display of clarity, you are absolutely correct.

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This is the most childish

This is the most childish thing I have ever heard! License a golf cart? And the transportation systems wants the kids "change"? What is this world coming to? Here's my suggestion to the kid....do like they do in China! Make a taxi out of a three wheeled peddle bike! No motor on that........ no need to license!!

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