Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sting of Illegal Airport Pickups

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Taxi and Limousine Commission are trying to crack down on illegal activity being carried out by livery cab drivers. They conducted a sting operation at Kennedy Airport.

Port Authority police made seven arrests and seized 15 cars Friday night while targeting livery cabbies making illegal pickups at the airport.

Lt. Dan Carbano, a 33-year veteran with the PAPD, led the hack enforcement unit's operation.

He said many drivers who solicit rides from travelers are not properly licensed or insured. Also, some drivers charge exorbitant prices to drive passengers into Manhattan.

Two cops slowly approached their target in a JFK terminal. Cops said one guy approached five people and offered them a fare for $120 for a trip to Manhattan.

A livery cab driver can make $1,000 on a weekend night. That's a lot of untaxed cash that entices some to take the illegal risk.

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