On Friday, August 2, 2013 Philadelphia Police Department 3rd District officers teamed up with the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Taxi and Limousine Division. The operation was planned after a complaint was received from a retail store manager who complained about the large amount of illegal taxi cabs operating in their parking lot. The manager was concerned because not only was it a nuisance, but on one occasion a driver drove off with a victim’s belongings still in the trunk.
The PPA TLD vehicles took up positions to investigate the illegal taxi cabs – also known as “hacks” – as they entered a large parking lot on Christopher Columbus Blvd. The first vehicle stopped was a blue in color Ford Windstar with a 54 year old male driver who resides in South Philadelphia. Not only did this driver not possess a valid driver’s license, but his license has been suspended since 1981! He was issued a traffic violation and his vehicle was impounded. The driver was fined $297.00 for operating with a suspended license, and $1,000 for the impoundment of his vehicle.
Minutes later, a second vehicle was stopped. This time it was a silver in color Ford Taurus with a 55 year old male driver also from South Philadelphia. This driver had a Commercial Drivers License , but stated that he is diabetic and therefore could not get a medical card to clear him to get a job as a commercial driver. The driver was not issued any citations, but he will have to pay $1,000 for the impoundment.
The Commanding Officer of the 3rd District along with William P. Schmid, Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Taxi and Limousine Division state that both the Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority will continue to work together in the future in order to curb this type of illegal activity.
P/O Michael Duffy #7441
3rd District Crime Prevention Officer
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