Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Flunking Vehicle Inspection?

I've ridden in more than my share of cabs that can NOT have passed the DC or even Maryland or Virginia vehicle inspections. Or do they only look at the outside of cars? (I don't have a car, and have had one inspected, but I get stories from friends who talk of being rejected for small and odd things.)

I've ridden in cabs that have no locks on the back door, or a back door that comes loose from its frame when you try and close it, so you have to close it by grabbing the window. Or the cab that had no shock absorbers of any kind it seemed (DC has very bumpy roads!). Or the one with stickers and notices covering most of the back windows so passengers can't see out. Or the cab that takes two tries to start after stopping at a light. And on and on.

How are these cabs passing inspection?!


At 6:00 AM, Blogger CharterJames said...

Dunno about DC. NY Yellows must pass DMV vehicle inspection every three months. Multi-driver cars must be taken out of service after three years (single driver cars, 5 years) That said, multi-driver cars, operated continuously 24 hours a day by non-owner drivers obviously take a hell of a beating and NY streets and can start to show it. As NewYorkHack mentioned too, the breakdowns can start to get annoying. It's a shady industry. Anyone who has been involved in it for long is quick to tell you that.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Washington Cube said...

...or the cab with no air conditioner, or the cab with air conditioner, but the driver refuses to turn it on, or the cab with the radio blaring, or the cab that just plain smells funny.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger DC Cab Rider said...

Or the one I had last night - thought the bumper was going to fall off! Or something else back there that was making a hell of a racket.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Fred Bershadsky said...

NY Yellows must pass DMV Vehicle Inspection every three months.


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