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Apr 21, 2016 2:05 PM

Unregistered drivers-for-hire using fake placards in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Some drivers-for-hire in Portsmouth have not registered with the city and are going around the law by displaying deceptive placards, according to

This was mentioned at Tuesday's meeting of the Transportation Services Committee.

An ordinance put in place in September, requires companies that have commercial drivers to provide proof of commercial insurance as well as a criminal background check for all of their drivers. This ordinance also eliminated taxi medallions and are now required to display handmade placards that read "transportation service" with the city of Portsmouth and the name of the transportation company listed on the placard.

The committee Chairman Peter Bresciano said on Tuesday that he has received multiple reports of unregistered drivers displaying placards and suggested that the placards could be numbered to help police track the illegitimate placards.

Last month, police conducted an enforcement sting when five unregistered drivers were cited.

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