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April 04. 2013 9:03PM

Half of Manchester cabs back in service, half remain sidelined by inspections

MANCHESTER - Almost half of the city's fleet of taxis were back on the road Thursday after an annual inspection sent many of the vehicles back to the garage for repairs.

Kevin Kincaid, director of licensing enforcement for the Manchester City Clerk, said eight taxis were in service by Thursday afternoon after clearing a police inspection conducted earlier in the week.

"Hopefully tomorrow afternoon we should have three-fourths of the fleet," Kincaid said.

There were only four cabs in service on Wednesday, a day after a number of taxis failed inspection and the owners of the city's two cab companies surrendered the other medallions voluntarily, Kincaid said.

"They have to go through inspection just like you or I do with our cars. They are also subject to inspection by the police department," he said.

Kincaid said the annual police inspection is random and the cab companies were given four or five days advance notice. Minor repairs like cracked windshields or headlights were easily repaired, while other vehicles needed more extensive work before getting inspectors would give the green light.

Kincaid said Queen City Taxi had six cabs running Thursday while Manchester Taxi Dispatch was running two. He said Manchester Taxi expected to have three or four more cleared by Friday.

dalden@newstote.com











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