Wilmington Taxis Cited in Joint Operation

Posted on  06/13/2013 4:11 pm

Location:

  • 100 and 200 blocks West 11th Street, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Rosa Parks Drive between French and South Market Streets, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2013 approximately 9:00 a.m.

Summary:

In recent weeks officers assigned to Wilmington’s Downtown and Riverfront Initiative received numerous complaints about unfair fare practices, possible licensing issues, and disorderly conduct by downtown cabbies.

On June 12, 2013 Wilmington officers working in cooperation with the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and Amtrak police conducted a joint operation to inspect taxis. The operation commenced at 9:00 a.m. simultaneously in the 100 and 200 blocks of West 11th Street and the taxi stand on Rosa Parks Drive between South Market and French Streets.

As a result of these inspections one illegally operating taxi was towed as well as two licensed taxis for equipment, registration, and insurance violations. Seven traffic summons were issued for violations including license, registration, endorsements, and equipment. Three taxis were also issued parking tickets. One driver was arrested and summonsed for disorderly conduct after he became irate and disorderly as his taxi was towed.

Additionally, the DMV suspended operations of four taxi companies, Nadal Taxi, Newark Express, International Transit, and Beolla (T/A Reliable Taxi) for violations of Federal DOT regulations, license violations, and failure to have endorsed drivers.

Today the DMV reinstated the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Newark Express and International Transit, allowing them to resume operations. Those companies paid fines and their vehicles were inspected in compliance with DOT standards.

The Wilmington Department of Police and the DMV will continue to monitor the taxi companies serving the citizens of Wilmington to ensure that they comply with established regulations.