Whistler’s newest taxi company was temporarily sidelined last week after its operating permit was pulled.
Whistler Resort Cabs failed to renew its annual $100 per cab vehicle licence fee with the provincial Passenger Transportation Board. The licence was up for renewal Dec. 14, 2005 and the company, owned by local Jack Crompton, did not apply for renewal by deadline.
Jan Broocke, director and secretary to the board, said there is also a seven-day grace period after the deadline and Resort Cabs did not file renewal in that period.
But Crompton negotiated a renewal this week and planned to have the cabs back on the road Wednesday.
Broocke said a one-person panel of the five-member passenger transportation board approved the renewal based on "urgent public need" for taxi service in Whistler.
Municipal councilors voted unanimously on Monday evening to send a letter of support to the passenger transportation board in favour of Resort Cabs’ licence renewal.
Crompton said he simply forgot to send in the renewal with the $1,500 fee by the mid-December deadline. His cabs had been out of service since Jan. 1. The two-year-old Whistler Resort Cabs has 15 gasoline/propane hybrid taxis in operation.
Broocke said the vehicle licence fee is part of the June, 2004 Passenger Transportation Act which replaced the former Motor Carrier Act and that two other B.C. cab companies have found themselves in the same situation as Whistler Resort Cabs.
"It’s a learning process with the new act and takes time," she said.