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Tinley Park Seeks To Stop Taxi Overcharges

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TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) - The village board in south suburban Tinley Park plans to put the brakes on cab drivers accused of overcharging their customers.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Bob Conway Reports

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports, the proposed ordinance stems from complaints that came largely from concertgoers attending events at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, at 191st Street and Ridgeland Avenue.

Tentative approval has already been given to the proposed ordinance, which would require all cabs to be equipped with a meter and adhere to a fare rate of $2 per mile.

The ordinance also includes background checks for drivers, and requires them to display the fare rates and provide a village phone number where customers could report complaints.

Village trustees told the Chicago Tribune a final vote will be taken Dec. 7, and cabbies will then be invited to a meeting where the new rules will be explained so they can meet the requirements as of Jan. 1.

WBBM Newsradio 780′s Bob Conway contributed to this report.