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Vincent Gray: Riders need fairness from taxi industry

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his administration is looking at increasing the number of inspectors to monitor numerous violations by taxi drivers against riders at night at Union Station, which were recently detailed in a Washington Post story.

(Rachel Karas/The Washington Post)

“We’re trying to be fair to the industry but also want to be fair to customers,” he said.

The Washington Post found that drivers, who were not under the watch of inspectors, were picking and choosing passengers and requiring strangers to pile into one cab — all violations.

Gray said taxi cab commissioner Ron Linton has already proposed increasing the number of hack inspectors. Meanwhile, the commission is also working on long-term changes, such as uniformity in color of the cabs and the installation of credit card machines in taxis.


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