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Taxi drivers rally against towing, ticketing in DC

10:52 AM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Taxi drivers rallied outside the D.C. Taxicab Commission Wednesday morning.

Drivers from the D.C. Taxi Operators Association held signs with the words "Dignity," "Justice" and "Respect" to protest towing and ticketing of cabs that do not have the new required dome lights or credit card machines. 

According to a press release from the association, "Approved vendors have dropped out of the program, limiting access to dome lights and credit card machines. Drivers have reported that the dome lights are out of stock and unavailable. There also have been reports of price gouging and unreliability of equipment."

The association says the fines are costly for the drivers since they earn only about $25,000 to $30,000 per year.

"All over the city drivers are having their vehicles towed and impounded without due process," said driver Kolawole Akinadewo in a press release. "It is outrageous that rather than working with drivers to educate them and give them more time, inspectors are destroying the livelihoods of families who already struggle every day to make ends meet."

The association previously sued over the issue.

Drivers also want to be included in the regulatory process.

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