NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A Metro business owner has sued the city over a law he said he will destroy his business. Then, he said, Metro staked him out for fines and citations.
Limousines mean luxury, and for Syed Bokhari, they are a livelihood.
Six years ago, he moved from Pakistan to Nashville and founded Metro Livery.
"Business was so successful before we had last year, the limo regulation came from the city," Bokhari said.
Metro enacted a $45 flat-rate requirement for every livery company. So, Bokhari sued.
"It killed the competition, and it takes the customer's choice," Bokhari said. "I think this is my right to charge customers what I want. And government doesn't have any business to interfere with our prices."
Since then, enforcement officers cited and fined Bokhari's company several times. Last week, a driver charged an inspector, posing as a customer, just $25.
The citations and fines followed.
See Metro business owner sues over limo, taxi fees - WSMV Channel 4.