R.I. official warns of bogus cabs in Newport

A Rhode Island official is warning people about bogus, unlicensed taxis in Newport that have been picking up passengers and charging fares. Terry Mercer of the Public Utilities Commission’s motor carrier division said there have been no reports of crimes by drivers of the fake cabs. But Mercer says it is likely that many of the drivers are not licensed, are not insured to carry passengers, and have not gone through background checks. Mercer said there are several signs that cabs are legitimate, including taxi signs on the roof, rates posted on rear fenders, rate meters inside, and drivers’ hackney licenses with names and pictures displayed inside.