Cab Drivers Warned About Attacking Passengers

Taxicab commission to have zero tolerance policy

By Mark Stephens
|  Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 8:22 PM EDT
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A warning has been issued to female taxi cab passengers to be careful after 7 reported violent confrontations between cab drivers and their passengers. NBC4's Chris Gordon has more.
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"We will have zero tolerance."

The DC Taxicab Commission is warning drivers, following several reports of passengers being assaulted.

"We will work closely with the Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. attorneys to clamp down, and put an end to any mistreatment of passengers," said Ron Linton, Chairman of the DC Taxicab Commission.

Linton said seven people have been assaulted in recent weeks. Six of them were women. One was allegedly punched.

Another claims she was dragged from a cab by her ankles, but she has yet to file an official complaint.

Linton said he'll send out a strongly worded letter to drivers in the coming week.

"We have 8,500 drivers," said Linton. "Seven is not an epidemic of activity, but we want to nip it in the bud."

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