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Prince George's County taxicab drivers are on a two-day strike, claiming the county is not enforcing certain guidelines that protect their livelihood.
Elliott Francis
Prince George's County taxicab drivers are on a two-day strike, claiming the county is not enforcing certain guidelines that protect their livelihood.

By Elliott Francis

Taxicab drivers in Prince George's County are on strike. They claim the county is not enforcing certain guidelines that protect their livelihood.

One of the issues driving the work stoppage today and Wednesday is focused on the certificates which allow a vehicle to legally operate as a taxi.

Advancement Project is a legal advocacy group representing the taxi driver's alliance. They claim that of the 785 certificates issued to taxicab companies in the county, approximately two thirds have been sub-leased to other companies, in violation of county's taxicab code.

Aurora Vasquez is senior Attorney for Advancement Project.

"What it means to the individual taxicab driver is that their opportunity to own one of these certificates becomes non-existent...especially when the county doesn't require someone who's misusing the certificate to return it," Vasquez says.

County spokesperson Jim Carrey says the charges are unsupported.

"They've made allegations and we're asked them for specifics, and we're not getting those specifics," Carrey says.

Drivers are also demanding the county enforce rules for comprehensive insurance coverage, and review of the voucher system of payment.

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