PATERSON, NJ - The City Council has decided to postphone its vote to increase registration and license fees for city taxicabs.

More than a dozen taxi drivers and owners attended Tuesday night's city council meeting, when the vote was supposed to take place. But Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes said she wanted an opportunity to discuss the proposed increaes with representatives of the Paterson's canb companies before the vote took place.

The annual registration fee would rise from $200 to $350 per vehicle and the special taxi driver's license from $25 to $150.

Ames-Garnes has also proposed drug and alcohol testing for city cab drivers and tougher regulations preventing drivers terminated by one Paterson taxi company to simply switch to another.