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Cab drivers want police hackney unit replaced

Say civilian panel should oversee taxis

An association of Boston taxi drivers urged Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Tuesday to abolish the police hackney unit that regulates the industry, and replace it with a civilian commission that treats cabdrivers as employees rather than independent contractors.

The cabdrivers — speaking a day after Menino responded to a Globe Spotlight investigation by ordering an overhaul of the hackney division, part of a sweeping review of the city’s $1 billion taxi industry — said the unit is broken beyond repair.

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