Eight weeks after Mayor Thomas M. Menino ordered a sweeping review of Boston’s $1 billion taxi industry, the city says it has begun to crack down on continued exploitation of cabbies, uncovering what appear to be violations by a cab owner who was charging drivers fees not allowed by the city.
Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said the Boston Police Department’s hackney division identified what she called “potential wrongdoing’’ involving overcharges levied on several cabdrivers but declined to identify the company or the amount until the case is complete.
Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis is reviewing the matter and plans to make sure the drivers are compensated, Fiandaca said.
A more thorough top-to-bottom examination of the troubled taxi industry — to be done by an independent outside specialist — was expected to have begun by now. But it has been stalled by the requirements of public bidding laws, city officials said.
Menino ordered the comprehensive review on April 1, the day after a Globe Spotlight Team series began documenting how the Boston Police Department’s hackney division often punishes drivers but condones egregious conduct by cab owners, including pressuring cabbies to pay petty bribes to rent the taxis they drive.
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