Cabbies, Companies Targeted In Indianapolis Sweep
City Says Cab Complaints No. 1
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The Department of Code Enforcement and Indianapolis police conducted a taxi cab sweep Thursday, citing an increasing number of complaints from out-of-town visitors about cabbies.The random sweep examined drivers, vehicles and company practices, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.Complaints about taxies are the top business-related complaint into city offices, officials said."Things like overcharging, not accepting credit cards, refusing to speak English, no geographic knowledge of the city," said Kate Johnson, of code enforcement.The sweep focused on cabs around four downtown hotels and at Indianapolis International Airport.Inspectors and officers checked for permits and licenses and examined the condition of cabs.A few drivers were ticketed for violating the dress code for taxi drivers that is spelled out in a city ordinance."They said we should dress corporately," said one driver.One driver welcomed the inspection, contending that his is the cleanest cab in the city."It's good problems are identified and taken care of," he said.Other drivers said the sweep was unfair."Nobody complain about me because I am doing my job," said Medhane Zerom. "I know how the roads, everything."Officials said they will continue to ramp up inspections, hoping the word will get around that violations won't be tolerated.Code enforcement is working on a customers' bill of rights that must be displayed in all cabs in Indianapolis by July 1.