Danvers police hit unlicensed taxi companies with fines
DANVERS (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Danvers police are cracking down on unlicensed taxi companies.
Police conducted a sting operation on Tuesday during which they issued fines to taxi companies that do not hold licenses to operate in Danvers.
Steve McKinnon of North Shore Taxi tells FOX 25 investigators called his company requesting to be picked up at the Liberty Tree Mall. When his driver pulled up, the investigators slapped him with a $100 fine for not having a license.
One frequent customer tells FOX 25 he was left stranded by the crackdown. Neil Papamechail says he walked a total of 10 miles as a result of the sting operation.
According to Salem News, Taxi companies must pay $100 for the first taxi and $50 for each additional taxi in order to be registered with the town. All drivers must also have a permit, which costs $50 each.
A taxi driver can pick someone up in another town and drop them off in Danvers. However, they cannot pick someone up in Danvers.