The shutdown is for a variety of taxicab violations and drivers' behavior that pose a clear and present danger to District residents, motorists and tourists.
The DC Taxicab Commission today ordered the Anacostia Cab Association to stop operating and remove its 26 vehicles from city streets. The action was taken as a result of numerous violations of Taxicab rules and regulations including providing a false address.
The Commission found that the Company could not prove payment of taxes, whether it had appropriately registered with Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, that it had a legal place of business or that it was a legal business entity. Further the Commission found the company had falsified its records.
Any of the company’s vehicles found on the streets without its name and number blacked out will be impounded.
Additionally the Commission found numerous violations by Anacostia Cab Association drivers over the past year including two instances where drivers ran from Hack Inspectors endangering their passengers. In at least ten instances, drivers were found operating without proper licenses, no proof of insurance and with expired inspection stickers.
“The performance of this company and its drivers is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Ron M. Linton, Commission Chairman said today. “We intend over the months ahead to audit all 116 taxi companies operating with DC licenses to ensure they are complying with DC law, regulations and are safe for passengers.”