Illegal Taxicab Operation
While most jurisdictions require taxicab operators to be licensed, many unlicensed cabs are in operation. Some of these are marked taxi vehicles (sometimes referred to as "gypsy cabs" or "speedy cabs"), and others are personal vehicles used by an individual to offer unauthorized taxi-like services (sometimes called a "hack"). Illegal cabs tend to be more prevalent in cities with medallion systems, which restrict the number of legal cabs in operation. Illegal taxicab operation is generally seen as a victimless crime although it may affect the economic value of licensed taxis, and safety regulations may be bypassed. Both the drivers and passengers of illegal cabs are taking this risk. However, passengers sometimes find illegal cabs to be more available, convenient, or economical than licensed ones.
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