Trenton officials working to clamp down on taxi turf war

(11/09/04) TRENTON City officials are trying to stop gypsy cabs from cutting in on Trentons crowded taxi population.

Gypsy cab operators met with Trenton city officials Tuesday in an effort to get licensed in the city. However, officials say this is unlikely to happen because the meters in gypsy taxis are not calibrated to the proper fare rates in the city. Since they are independently owned, gypsy rates are cheaper.

The lower gypsy rates have many licensed Trenton cabbies extremely upset. They say the rival cab operators are undercutting their business in an industry where it is already difficult to make a living.

City officials also say they are over their limit on cab licenses for Trenton, therefore, it would be impossible to bring gypsy taxis into the fold. A spokesperson also says any unlicensed cabs operating in Trenton will be ticketed.

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