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Taxi Boss Calls For "Severe Fines" After WUSA9 Probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - After seeing preview clips of an undercover WUSA9 investigation airing Thursday night, the DC Taxicab Commission issued a statement saying it "is determined to eliminate the discriminatory actions of drivers."

The full story hadn't been broadcast when the commission responded, but preview clips show one cab refusing to take a black man to a Southeast Washington destination, while picking up a white man 100 feet up the road and agreeing to take him to the same location.

Report has broadcast and published online.  Click here to see DC cabs
refusing service to black passenger investigation.

"I want it understood that enforcement against drivers who refuse to haul is the number one priority of the DC Taxicab Commission," DCTC Chairman Ron M. Linton said in the statement.

The clips also show a white passenger being refused travel to the same Southeast Washington.

Click here to see black taxi driver apologizing for not picking up black passenger.

Click here to see what transpired first:  This video shows the driver when he refused to transport a black passenger. 


Click here:  This video shows our black staffer being refused transportation cab after cab

The statement said the Commission intends to change taxi behavior with "severe fines" of up to $500 and by establishing driver training and education courses.

 "Our Hack Inspectors put forth a diligent effort to make sure drivers adhere to our regulations and we encourage passengers to lodge formal complaints with our office so that we may proceed to enforce Commission regulations," Linton said.

The statement identified a 24-hour service number to handle complaints. You can reach the hotline by calling 855-484-4966 and selecting option one.