Quincy ordinance on taxicabs

The Quincy City Council is taking a look at one of its ordinances Monday night.

There's a first reading to amend an existing ordinance regarding taxicabs and limousine licensing.

It would change the ordinance by specifying the term "for hire."

It basically says the driver or owner of a car cannot accept payment of any kind from a passenger unless they are licensed as a taxicab or limousine.

KHQA got a hold of that ordinance and found out council member Dan Brink has brought it to the table.

We made some efforts to contact Brink today, but were unsuccessful.

We did talk to Jonathan Schoenakase with Courtesy Rides.

You might remember a story we did on him earlier this summer.

You can call him if you feel you've had too much to drink and need a ride home.

He doesn't charge for the service, but does accept tips.

Schoenakase and his attorneys are scheduled to speak tonight at the council meeting.

He tells KHQA he can't afford the business license and insurance that would go along with adhering to this ordinance, if it passes.

"I think it's wrong. If somebody needed a ride home. I never ask nobody for no money. I never say pay me this amount. If you call me because you've had too much to drink, if you choose to tip, that's fine. If not, I'm not going to complain. I just want to make sure you're not drinking and driving," says Schoenakase.

This is just the first reading of the ordinance.

The council won't vote until an ordinance has had three readings.

If he's not out to make money, you may wonder why Schoenakase does this.

He says he had a friend who was killed after his car was hit by a drunk driver last year.

He says he doesn't want anyone else to go through that again.