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Two Days Left for Spring Taxicab Inspections

Annapolis, MD (May 14, 2007) - The Licensing Section of the Department of Inspections & Permits began conducting semi-annual taxicab inspections last week and urges all companies to ensure all their taxicabs are inspected by close of business tomorrow.

"Regular and thorough inspections of taxicabs are important for public safety and service," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "The goal is to check each cab to ensure it meets safety standards as well as to ensure that all meters are calibrated correctly to avoid over or under charging the customer," said County Executive John R. Leopold.

The inspections are being conducted behind Police Headquarters in Millersville, on a first come, first served basis. Inspectors will be checking the calibration of meters, as well as the general operating condition of brake lights, turn signals, windshield wipers and window controls.

"We have asked taxicab companies to send one-fifth of their fleets each day, and hope to process about 100 vehicles per day," said Anne M. Hatcher, Chief of Licensing.

There are currently 475 licensed taxicabs in the County. The last inspection was conducted in October of 2006. Vehicles not inspected during the scheduled inspections are subject to a $25 inspection fee. Vehicles with unsealed meters are subject to a violation notice. County law requires the retesting of any cab with a meter repair or replacement before it resumes operating as a cab.

Companies with questions are asked to call (410) 222-7788.


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