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A group of taxi drivers is suing the District government. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington claims the taxi modernization program mandated by the D.C. Taxicab Commission violates the drivers' constitutional rights.
The group of five cabbies claims the new data tracking system installed in all taxis infringes on the drivers' and passengers' privacy by collecting data on all trips.
The lawsuit also claims a new regulation requiring the installation of dome lights violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and commits age discrimination. The lights can only be shut off from outside the cab, creating a hardship for elderly cabbies.
The lawyer for the plaintiffs — Billy Ponds — declined to comment on the lawsuit, which names the Taxicab Commission, its chairman Ron Linton, the Gray administration and the District Council.
Chairman Linton declined to comment.
A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 in federal court.
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