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OXFORD, Miss. -- If you think a town like Oxford has no need for taxis, you’ve never been to Oxford on a football Saturday.

So after some complaints about cab charges, town leaders say they’re ready to take action.

Lonnie Walker takes taxicabs several times a week and has never had a problem, but has knows people who have.

”I’ve heard that. I’ve heard they football season also is overpriced, a lot of complaints."

Now Oxford leaders are taking action.

Aldermen are set to pass a new taxi ordinance regulating the fees cabbies can charge, and mandating dashboard cameras for everyone’s protection.

It’s something Oxford’s Angel Taxi Company has done for at least two years.

”If something happens to one of my drivers, we can take the video and use it in a court of law, what’s happening to them,” said Angel Taxi owner Sue Stoner.

She says it also protects customers.

Proposed rules would allow cabs to charge $10 for a ride anywhere in Oxford, with an extra five for each additional person.

Extra stops would add another $2.50 each.

Stoner says it takes the guesswork out of using a taxi.

”This is the most they will be charged periodically whenever they use the taxi system."

And customers say they like having the idea of Aldermen working out the prices in advance.

”I’m glad they’re having concerns. I’m glad they’re trying to get heads together and come up with a solution."

Oxford’s Mayor and Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the new taxi ordinance at city hall next Tuesday, June 17th.