Hundreds of Unsafe Cabs Yanked

339 cabs found to be salvaged vehicles

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Is your taxi safe?

    As if you didn't have enough to worry about during that cab ride.

    City officials Friday yanked 339 cabs off the street Friday after discovering they were "salvaged" vehicles, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    It's illegal to use salvaged cars as cabs in Chicago, defined as vehicles that were damaged to the point where the repair costs are 70 to 75 percent of its value.

    The Sun-Times reported that 100 of the pulled vehicles belonged to Chicago Elite Cab Corp., a company owned by the man known as Chicago's Cab King, Symon Garber.

    Norma Reyes, the commissioner of the city's Department of Business Affairs and Licensing, said she has no idea how the titles were washed and altered, a process of re-applying for a title in another state without disclosing the vehicle's history.

    [MORE: Sun-Times]