Posted by Bella Travaglini August 27, 2010 11:38 AM
North Shore Taxi, owned and operated by a father and son team, is set to begin business on Wednesday, Sept. 1, said Sean McKinnon of Peabody, who will work as office manager for the business owned by his dad, John McKinnon of Danvers. The new taxi company will have five vehicles – four sedans and one minivan – and will operate round-the-clock, seven days a week, as is standard for most taxi businesses.
Sean McKinnon has worked in the business for seven years, most recently as a driver and office manager for Community Taxi of Peabody. He believes he and his dad have identified a niche that may be lacking in the way other local taxi businesses are run.
“We’ve been thinking about this for a long time and want to provide safer and cleaner vehicles and the kind of service the people of Peabody deserve,” said McKinnon.
The new taxis will be painted black with white lettering mirroring the look of the town car services offered in New York, he said. All vehicles will accept credit cards and will travel locally or as far as New York City.
During a June inspection conducted jointly by Peabody Police and the Registry of Motor Vehicles, more than half of Peabody’s 20 taxis were taken off the road for safety violations, said Tim Spanos, city clerk. Some of the vehicles were operated by Community Taxi while others were operated by Tri-City Taxi.
Since winning unanimous City Council approval for their license, the McKinnons must now register the fleet, get inspection stickers, then pass a police inspection before opening shop on Wednesday, said Sean McKinnon. The company’s office at 23 Upton St. must also receive site plan approval from the fire department, said Spanos.
The city allows for 30 taxi licenses, said Spanos. Community Taxi and Tri-City each have 10. With North Shore Taxi’s approval for five licenses, there are five outstanding licenses, he said.
Officer Patrick Berardino oversees traffic, taxi and limousine compliance, and conducts random safety inspections, some in conjunction with the RMV, said Olson.