INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Two Indianapolis taxi companies can't operate in the city any longer.
City officials announced Monday that Broad Ripple Village Taxi and A-United Taxi had their taxi license renewals denied by the Department of Code Enforcement. A-United Taxi didn't apply for license renewal in time.
If you're trying to hail a cab in downtown Indy, it's not hard to get one. Just walk in front of any hotel and you will find several waiting.
"We consider it a privilege, number one, to have a taxi. To operate a taxi company. It's not a right," said Adam Baker, with Dept. of Code Enforcement.
33 cab companies operate in the city, but according to Code Enforcement, A-United and Broad Ripple Village Taxi can't operate in town any more.
"This is definitely not the first time that a cab company has been denied a license," Baker said.
Baker said A-United simply didn't apply for license renewal in time. But it was a bigger issue - with Broad Ripple Village Taxi.
"This is a cab company that we have looked at, that we have been strategic about documenting every piece of evidence that we've had over the past year." he said.
According to a city ordinance, cab companies are required to have their vehicles inspected twice a year. Baker said since July 1, 2012, Broad Ripple Village Taxi passed 222 inspections out of 499 they were scheduled for.
On top of that, a list of complaints from citizens, including cabs driving on sidewalks and cab drivers who removed the locks from passengers' doors.
"It's a hazard when a citizen in the back of a vehicle can not get out of that vehicle because the doorknob locks are missing," Baker said.
Baker said the city takes cab inspections seriously and passenger safety is their number one concern.
"We think about the fact that our taxis are more often than not the first and last experience our visitors will have into the city, so we want to make sure that it a great experience," Baker said.
24-Hour News 8 went to two locations to try to give Broad Ripple Village Taxi a chance to tell their side of the story. Each time, there was no answer. You may still see their taxis on the road, that's because they can still drive the cars, just not charge passengers. If you think you see their taxis still operating you're asked to call 327-TAXI.
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