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Iowa City May Tighten Taxi Regulations, Days After Alleged Assault

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - New taxicab regulations were on the Iowa City council agenda Tuesday night, just a few days after the third sexual assault was reported in an Iowa City taxicab since January 15. The discussion did not touch on the investigation and the item was placed on the agenda prior to the most recently reported assault.

Regardless, the changes are aimed at creating more regulation on Iowa City cab companies. On Monday, American Taxi Cab owner, Adil Adams, said he believes someone may have placed "American Taxi" lettering on a personal car before carrying out an alleged assault. Such actions would be illegal under extensive ordinances passed by the city council in the past. The city currently requires every driver and vehicle to be registered.

The changes, which passed first reading 6-1, would set a timetable for the amount of time a driver or company must keep a manifest log. They would also require drivers to report license plate changes to their decaled vehicles.

"There is nothing controversial [tonight] from what I can tell," Mayor Matt Hayek said. "Some clean-up items, how long you have to keep a manifest log, or low long you have to take down a [window sticker] when you're done using the vehicle."

Police are still searching for the suspect, or suspects, linked to the recent alleged assaults. Police said in each of the incidents a cab driver made unwanted sexual advances towards their female passengers. All three victims were able to escape.

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